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Silkair/Dragonair Near-miss

Tue Jan 25, 2000 7:47 pm

Found this in the Straits Times article today.....

Hongkong inquiry after airliners have mid-air close call

HONGKONG - Authorities have launched an inquiry after two planes from Silkair and Dragonair packed with hundreds of passengers had a mid-air close call over Hongkong, the Civil Aviation Department said.

"We are investigating the incident which happened on Saturday,' a department
spokesman said.

"The two aircrafts were on converging tracks when the incident occurred at
about 110 nautical miles (204 km) east of Hongkong."

But the spokesman insisted "there was no risk of collision' between the
Dragonair and SilkAir flights carrying around 300 passengers.

"At their closest, the two aircraft were approximately 1.3 nautical miles (about
2.4 km) laterally and 900 feet (274 m) vertically apart' with the SilkAir Airbus320 passing behind the Dragonair Airbus 330, the spokesman said.

Dragonair flight HDA437 was coming in to land in Hongkong from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, while SilkAir flight SLK928 was enroute from Singapore to Xiamen, in southeastern China, she said.

A radar controller gave turning instructions to the pilots, the spokesman said,
adding Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) equipment aboard the
planes had issued warnings.
The authorities said it would take about a month to complete their investigation.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Dragonair, a Hongkong-based airline, confirmed the plane's TCAS had activated, with the captain responding by "taking appropriate action in line with operational procedure and the aircraft
continued its journey without incident."

The incident was reported to be second involving air traffic controllers to be
investigated in the past 12 months. - AFP
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RE: Silkair/Dragonair Near-miss

Tue Jan 25, 2000 8:04 pm

So what? It's busy in the sky, and all the procedures and the Avoidance System worked well. Stuff like this happens daily, that's nothing to worry about. As soon as there's a near-miss when procedures DON'T seem to work (like the story I read here a few days ago about a US Airways plane who decided right not to enter the runway in spite of the advise of the controltower), THEN you have to worry.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?

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