Cockpit Safety Device Alerts Pilots To Near Mid-Air Collision

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

A cockpit safety device is credited with helping pilots avoid a mid-air collision at 25,000 feet over Indiana. One of those planes had taken off from North Carolina.

According to a preliminary investigation by the Federal Aviation
Administration, the planes came within seconds of colliding because
of an error by an air traffic controller.

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

Officials say that a 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.

The collision-avoidance device in the Midwest plane went off, and an airline spokeswoman says the pilots executed an emergency
climb to get out of the way.


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