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.
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