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Air traffic controllers have the trust of the flying public. And when things go right, little gets noticed outside the occasional and very rare “applause” during landing. But when things go wrong, as it almost did last Thursday, the consequences can result in a terrible tragedy.
Just this past Thursday, things didn’t go as planned. A Singapore Airlines 777 operated flight over Houston came within 200 feet vertically and 1/2 mile horizontally of a Delta Airlines A320 operated flight.
The most recent incident occurred Thursday just before 7 p.m. A Singapore Airlines 777, a jumbo jet, flew within 200 feet vertically and within about more than half-mile horizontally of a Delta Airlines A320. That’s a separation of about eight football fields horizontally.
That’s the second close call in Houston in the past few months. Glad things worked out, but it sounds a little too close for my comfort.