Air Traffic Controller Error Leads To Near Collision

Officials say an air traffic controller's error contributed to two aircraft nearly colliding as they flew at 25,000 feet over Indiana.

The collision between the flights was avoided when a cockpit safety device in one of the planes alerted pilots, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Officials say the controller directed a Midwest Airlines plane flying east from Milwaukee into the path of a United Express jet heading west out of Greensboro, North Carolina.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the Tuesday evening incident happened amid a shift change during a busy time at the Chicago Center radar facility in Aurora.


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