Close Call at Austin-Bergstrom: FAA and NTSB Investigate Near-Miss between Planes

  • Near-collision Between Two Planes at Austin Airport
  • FedEx Cargo Plane Changed Course to Avoid Southwest Airlines Plane

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a near-miss between two planes that took place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. On Saturday morning, a FedEx cargo airplane was on its way to landing when it had to change course to avoid a collision with a second plane that had been cleared to depart from the same runway.

The FedEx pilot had to discontinue the landing and initiate a climb out, as stated by the FAA. According to the FAA, the Boeing 767 cargo plane was only a few miles away from the airport when it was given the clearance to land. However, just before it was about to touch down, an air traffic controller gave the green light for a Southwest Airlines plane to take off from the same runway. The FAA reported that the Southwest flight was able to depart safely.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are currently conducting an investigation into the incident. The FAA statement emphasized that the safety of passengers and crew members is their top priority, and they will work to determine the cause of the near-collision.

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