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Close Call In The Northern VA Area.

Wed May 24, 2000 7:49 am


9 Eyewitness News Reporter has learned of an apparent close call involving the Air Force's elite flying team. It happened as the Thunderbirds were leaving the Washington area following the weekend air show at Andrews Air Force Base. Aviation sources tell 9 Eyewitness News and American Airlines confirms that a Dulles air traffic controller had the pilot of the American jet make a sudden maneuver to avoid the rapidly approaching Air force jet. The American Airlines flight was #1604, arriving at Dulles from Dallas-Fort Worth just before noon yesterday.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman is not confirming the details but admits they are investigating what happened when the Air Force Thunderbirds departed from Dulles yesterday. They do know that while talking to controllers at National Airport the Thunderbirds required some sort of assistance from controllers when they hit a low ceiling of clouds at 1200 feet. There were 8 F . According to our sources one of those air force jets caused problems with the American Airlines jet landing at Dulles. An American Airlines spokesman has confirmed that the MD 80 jet was ordered to take evasive action while on approach to Dulles.

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