View Full Version : Near miss on the ground at DFW

Desk Driver
17th Aug 2001, 12:19
Taken from www.Iwon.com (http://www.Iwon.com)

DALLAS (Reuters) - Two passenger jets nearly collided on a runway on Thursday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, officials said.
The Boeing 737s belonging to Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines took evasive action and missed each other by an undetermined distance, they said.

The Delta plane scraped its tail on the runway, but there were no injuries in either aircraft, said a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington.

Ronald Herwig, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration office in Oklahoma City, said that agency was investigating the so-called runway incursion.

Continental Flight 1487, with 55 passengers on board, had just flown in from Cleveland and apparently was instructed by air traffic controllers to cross a runway on which Delta Flight 1521, bound for Oakland, California, with 125 passengers, was taking off, officials said.

Continental spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said the Continental crew spotted the Delta plane coming and sped up to avoid it. "Our crew quickly crossed the crossing. The planes did not touch," he said.

The Delta plane took off steeply to miss the Continental jet, which caused its tail to scrape the runway. It returned to the airport, where NTSB investigators took flight data recorders from both planes.

Cindi Kurczewski, a spokeswoman for Delta, which is based in Atlanta, confirmed the Delta flight number and passenger load but referred other questions to the NTSB.

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17th Aug 2001, 14:08
Outstanding job by both crews, keep up the good work. :D

18th Aug 2001, 09:19
A bit premature dont you think.
Most runway incursions are pilot error.

18th Aug 2001, 09:50
Perhaps (source ?), but apparently not in this case. Controller and supervisor have been suspended. http://www.cnn.com/2001/TRAVEL/NEWS/08/17/runway.incursion/index.html