Cannikin From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 98 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2780 times:
On a clear day in Los Angeles last August there was a close call that almost ended in disaster. Tuesday, the NTSB released animation and radio transmissions, revealing a Southwest 737 cleared for takeoff on the very runway that an Asiana 747 arriving from South Korea had been cleared to land.
The planes got within 12 seconds and 145 feet of each other, before the Asiana pilot aborted his landing, and a third pilot jumped on the radio. At the last moment, the controller realized his mistake and ordered Southwest to abort take-off.
"If the weather had been less than perfect or had it been nighttime, we may have had a very different outcome," says NTSB investigator Sandy Rowlett.
QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1994 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2701 times:
I witnessed the incident back in August and was standing at the threshold of 24L. What happened was that the tower was on a shift change and the controller that had put Asiana on 24L didn't tell the next controller about the runway switch. Fortunately, the Asiana 747 saw the Southwest plane and hit the gas.
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