NTSB: Austin Airport Near-Miss Was Within 100 Feet

Politico reports:

A Southwest Airlines and FedEx cargo airplane avoided crashing into each other at the Austin airport over the weekend by less than 100 feet, the head of a federal investigating body said Monday.

Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board said in an interview with POLITICO that the near-miss findings are still preliminary, but that it’s “fairly clear that the aircraft came within very close proximity of each other and we believe it’s less than 100 feet.”

On Saturday, air traffic control cleared a FedEx cargo airplane to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on the same runway where a Southwest Airlines flight with 128 people on board was about to take off. The FedEx plane aborted its landing.

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