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Small Planes Hit Each Other during Parachutist Competition; 4 Killed

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
By George Hatcher

Two small planes crashed into each other near Godollo, Pest County, Budapest, Hungary, on September 18th. The planes collided during a parachutist competition, when one of them lost contact with the air control. 4 people list their lives in the crash. The crash remains under investigation. Download article as PDF »

About Close Calls

Thursday, November 14, 2013
By George Hatcher

After making note of the Oct 31 near miss in Oslo, I remembered this 100 foot close call of two Boeing 747’s over Scotland. This occurred in late June, when a Lufthansa pilot was climbing, and a British Airways flight were 24.3nm apart on converging courses. A STCA (Short Germ Conflict Alert) The Oslo... »

Oslo: October 31, 2013, Near Miss

Thursday, November 14, 2013
By George Hatcher

We wrote about two Norwegian Air Shuttle planes that suffered a near miss when two planes followed the same instruction from ATC. The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) report on the event is below. Report (Translation) Description The 31 October 2012, two airliners from English too close together under a simultaneous missed approach (NAX741)... »

Oslo: Near Miss

Thursday, October 31, 2013
By George Hatcher

On Oct 31, 2013, a Norwegian Boeing 737-800#LN-DYC en route from Trondheim to Oslo with 130 passengers and 6 crew, was descending towards Oslo and was switched to a different runway. A second Norwegian Boeing 737-800 #LN-NOM en route from Oslo to Trondheim took off. Instructions from ATC became confused, and both planes followed... »

Proximity Blamed on Tenerife South ATC

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By George Hatcher

On November 12, 2011, the Iberia Airbus A321 had been approaching Tenerife South airport at high speed just before it landed on the same runway that a Jet2 Boeing 757-200 was departing did so because of a premature take-off clearance to the 757. The 757 was airborne over the runway as the A321 touched... »

Reagan National Airport Near Miss

Thursday, August 2, 2012
By George Hatcher
Reagan National Airport Near Miss

What: US Airways en route from Washington What: US Airways en route from Washington What: US Airways en route to Washington Where: Reagan National Airport, Washington When: July 31, 2012 2:00 pm Who: 192 aboard Why: One US Airways plane had been rerouted into Washington’s Reagan international airport. Its route had been changed in... »

Air Lingus Attempts and Attempts and Attempts to Land in Barcelona Before Running Out of Fuel

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
By George Hatcher
Air Lingus Attempts and Attempts and Attempts to Land in Barcelona Before Running Out of Fuel

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Jens Breuer What: Aer Lingus Airbus A320-200 en route from Cork to Barcelona Where: Barcelona When: Mar 14th 2012 Who: 56 passengers, 6 crew Why: Pilots on approach to Barcelona aborted their approach at 10,000 feet due to the poor visibility. Barcelona ATC refused... »

Fatalities Rise in Congo Crash, ATC Trainee at Fault?

Thursday, July 14, 2011
By George Hatcher
Fatalities Rise in Congo Crash, ATC Trainee at Fault?

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Guido Potters What: Hewa Bora Airways Boeing 727-100 en route from Kinshana N’Djili to Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo) Where: Kisangani When: Jul 8th 2011 Who: 112 passengers and 6 crew Why: Attempting to land in heavy rain, limited visibility, thunderstorms in the area,... »

21st Century Air Traffic Control: GAATS+ Technology

Saturday, June 4, 2011
By George Hatcher

New technologies in aviation come about to solve problems and make air travel safer. From this new technology, controllers will have increased situational awareness. Air traffic control relies on positive and procedural navigation: positive uses radar; procedural uses the radio-procedure of pilots reporting their position every few minutes. Gander Automated Air Traffic System Plus... »

Alert! Alert! FIRST LADY in no DANGER whatsoever.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
By George Hatcher
Alert! Alert! FIRST LADY in no DANGER whatsoever.

Wake up ATC. Turn off the TV. The eyes of the media are on you again. It is the air traffic control’s responsibility to watch the distance between planes. That includes the one Michelle Obama was on. Not that she was in any danger. Please note that the reportage below is somewhat exaggerated but... »

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