Two Jets Near Miss

Thursday, December 3, 2009
By George Hatcher

What: Republic/Frontier Airlines Embraer ERJ-190 en route from Omaha,NE to Denver,CO
What: Skywest Airlines Canadair CRJ-200, flight OO-6764 from Lincoln,NE to Denver,CO

On Nov. 23 at 7 a.m. the two jets were approaching Denver, flying parallel to each other. The Frontier Jet was supposed to line up with a string of planes following Skywest.

Controllers gave the Frontier jet an incorrect heading and they made a u turn that put them in a collision path, a mile-and-a-half away and 200 feet above and closing fast

Collision avoidance systems engaged aboard the jets, forcing the pilots into evasive maneuvers. The FAA is, of course, investigating.

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