Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Near collision being probed

GULFPORT, Miss. - The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Board are investigating an incident this month over Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport where a single-engine plane and airliner were at the same altitude and just 300 feet apart. The near-miss happened June 19 between a Continental Express jet carrying 50 passengers and three crew and a Cessna 172 with a student pilot and instructor. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the controller who was working with the aircraft when the incident occurred has been restricted from working air traffic until the FAA investigation is complete. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/28/11)