Investigators say a blocked radio transmission led to a June close call between planes in San Diego

Investigators say a blocked radio transmission brought on an in depth name between two passenger planes in San Diego in June

ByThe Related Press

September 7, 2023, 7:24 PM

WASHINGTON — Investigators stated Thursday {that a} failed radio transmission and a distracted air visitors controller led to an in depth name between a Southwest Airways jet and a smaller aircraft ready to take off from San Diego in June.

Each planes had been cleared to make use of the identical runway. The Nationwide Transportation Security Board stated a controller informed the crew of SkyWest aircraft to exit the runway, then directed the Southwest pilots to chop quick their touchdown strategy and as an alternative circle across the airport.

The decision to the Southwest aircraft did not undergo, nonetheless — doubtless as a result of the controller and the pilots have been speaking on the identical time and their transmissions canceled one another, the NTSB stated.

After that, in response to the NTSB, audio recorded by LiveATC captured a Southwest pilot saying, “Ah, is that an airplane on the runway?” The SkyWest crew stated they heard that whereas they have been shifting to depart the runway.

The Southwest pilots stated they heard the controller inform them to not fly over the SkyWest aircraft, however to “simply off-set.”

The Southwest aircraft flew about 950 ft (300 meters) to the aspect and 200 ft (60 meters) above the SkyWest aircraft earlier than touchdown at San Diego Worldwide Airport on June 10, in response to the protection board.

The NTSB stated in its remaining report that the possible reason for the shut name was the blocked radio name, and a contributing issue was the controller being distracted whereas additionally speaking with a helicopter flying by the world.

Federal officers are nonetheless trying into one other shut name in San Diego in August in August between a Southwest aircraft and a enterprise jet.