Friday, August 17, 2007

LAX: At your own risk?

A WestJet 737 arrving at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday came within 50 feet of colliding with a Northwest Airbus 320 which was taking off.

The WestJet pilot was able to stop the 737 in time.

The Federal Aviation Administraion reports that the incident appears to be the result of the WestJet pilot being on the wrong radio frequency so that he couldn't receive instructions from the air traffic controller and the ground traffic controller's giving the flight clearance to land without first checking with the air traffic controller.

The "runway incursion" is the eighth such incident this year at LAX -- matching the total number of incidents reported there for all of 2006.

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