Thu, Jan 19, 2012
Embraer 145 Came Within 300 Feet Of A Cessna 172 At The Same
Today the NTSB cited an operational error by a tower air traffic
controller as the probable cause of a near mid-air collision
involving a commercial jetliner and a small private plane over the
On Sunday, June 19, 2011, at 1235 CDT at Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport, a Cessna 172 was cleared for takeoff on
runway 18 by the tower air traffic controller. Sixteen seconds
later, the same air traffic controller cleared an Embraer 145, a
commercial passenger flight, for takeoff on runway 14, the flight
path of which intersects the flight path of runway 18.
While both airplanes were about 300 feet above the airfield, the
Embraer passed in front of the Cessna. The closest proximity
between the two planes was estimated to be 0 feet vertically and
300 feet laterally.
The Embraer 145, operated as ExpressJet flight 2555 (dba
Continental/United Express) was carrying 50 passengers and 3
crewmembers, and was bound for Houston Bush Intercontinental
Airport (IAH) where it landed uneventfully. No one in either
airplane was injured in the incident.
In May 2010, the NTSB held a forum to highlight the importance
of developing and reinforcing the highest standards of
professionalism in aviation. The issue area of pilot and air
traffic controller professionalism was added to the NTSB's Most
Wanted List of Safety Improvements in May 2011.
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