FedEx Cargo Plane And Southwest Airlines Passenger Flight In A Potential Collision Call At Texas Airport, Safety Board Investigates

  • FedEx Corp FDX cargo plane coming to land at a Texas airport could have collided with Southwest Airlines Co's LUV passenger jet was taking off using the same runway.
  • The planes came within a thousand feet of each other Saturday morning near a runway at the Austin, Texas, airport, a close call that air-safety officials are investigating.
  • FedEx Boeing Co BA 767 cargo plane was cleared to land on one of the runways at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said, citing preliminary information, Wall Street Journal reported.
  • The FedEx cargo plane had abruptly changed course.
  • The pilot for the FedEx flight stopped landing procedures and proceeded to climb, the FAA spokesman said. The Southwest jetliner could take off safely.
  • "Southwest abort. FedEx is on the go," could be heard in an audio recording of communications from an air-traffic control facility, WSJ writes..
  • The National Transportation Safety Board initially sent two investigators to Austin to investigate what happened.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board called the incident in a tweet a "possible runway incursion and overflight."
  • Also Read: FAA Asks To Extend Safety Mandate To Detect, Mitigate Risks Early.
  • Aviation-safety regulators have raised concerns about the potential for collisions on runways and taxiways in recent years. They have adopted new systems to reduce close calls between planes on runways.
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