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By David Shepardson
(Reuters) -The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Nationwide Transportation Security Board mentioned on Saturday they had been investigating a close to collision between a Southwest Airways (NYSE:) Boeing (NYSE:) 737 and a Cessna Quotation 560X enterprise jet in San Diego, the most recent in a sequence of troubling U.S. aviation incidents.
The FAA mentioned its preliminary overview exhibits that simply earlier than 12 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (1900 GMT) on Friday, an air visitors controller at San Diego Worldwide Airport cleared the Cessna to land on a sure runway though Southwest Airways Flight 2493 had already been informed to taxi onto the identical runway and await directions to depart.
The power’s automated floor surveillance system alerted the controller concerning the creating state of affairs and the controller directed the Cessna to discontinue touchdown.
An individual briefed on the matter mentioned the preliminary overview exhibits the Cessna handed excessive of the Southwest airplane by about 100 toes. The FAA is sending a staff to the power to research.
Southwest mentioned on Saturday it’s taking part within the FAA’s overview of the incident. “Our plane departed with out occasion and the flight operated usually, with a protected touchdown in San Jose as scheduled,” the airline mentioned.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board is investigating seven runway incursion occasions since January, together with Friday’s San Diego incident.
The same near-collision incident occurred in February in Austin, Texas, when a FedEx (NYSE:) cargo aircraft and a Southwest Boeing 737 got here inside about 115 toes (35 meters) in poor visibility situations. The controller had cleared the FedEx aircraft to land and the Southwest aircraft to depart.
On Thursday, the NTSB cited the failure of a Lear (NYSE:) 60 constitution pilot to get a takeoff clearance in a February incident in Boston that resulted in a near-collision with a JetBlue flight.
The NTSB mentioned the airport floor detection tools issued an alert, and the air visitors controller gave go-around directions to the JetBlue flight.
The JetBlue Embraer 190 was simply 30 toes (9.1 m) above floor when it broke off the touchdown “near the purpose the place each runways intersected,” the NTSB mentioned, including the Boston tower informed the constitution pilot the JetBlue flight handed about 400 toes above them.
In March, the FAA mentioned it was taking steps to enhance its air visitors management operations after near-miss incidents telling workers: “There is no such thing as a query that we’re seeing too many shut calls.”
The FAA held a security summit and issued a separate security alert in March to airways, pilots and others citing the “want for continued vigilance and a spotlight to mitigation of security dangers.”