Plane From KY Airport Nearly Involved In Mid-Air Collision

A plane that took off from Boone County was involved in a close call in the skies, east of Pittsburgh.

A Delta flight that took off from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Erlanger narrowly avoided a mid-air collision.

FAA officials say an air traffic control trainee told the Delta pilot to turn into the path of another flight. A cockpit collision avoidance system alerted the pilots to the danger.

A spokeswoman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says it was the closest call she has ever seen.

AP
OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) - Officials said two airplanes carrying more than 100 passengers averted a midair collision east of Pittsburgh after an Ohio air traffic control trainee told a Delta Airlines pilot to turn into the path of an oncoming plane.

The FAA said the Delta pilot made a nosedive and missed the plane by about 400 feet in altitude and three miles in lateral separation. The other pilot also took evasive action.

A cockpit collision avoidance system alerted the pilots to the danger.

Delta Flight 1654 was en route from Cincinnati to LaGuardia Airport in New York on Tuesday and was carrying 57 passengers. The other plane, PSA Flight 2273, was flying from Wilke-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Charlotte, North Carolina. It had 70 people on board.

---Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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