Wed, Mar 16, 2005
Controllers File Report With Civil Aviation Authorities
Air traffic controllers
in Manchester, England, have filed a report with civil aviation
authorities after the pilot of a helicopter apparently ignored
warnings from the tower Tuesdasy night and strayed right into the
path of a landing Embraer 145.
Controllers say they're treating the near-miss as a "loss of
separation" between the RJ and the helo, even though disaster was
Witness Dan Kirk told Manchester Online, "I saw the helicopter
which was in and out the clouds above my house and I then saw the
lights of the Embraer. The helicopter has gone across the path and
I wondered why he had been allowed to go in front. I lived here for
15 years and I have never seen anything like this although the
plane landed okay."
Both the Embraer and the helicopter, which was headed for the
Barton Aerodrome, landed safely.
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