American Plane and Air Force Jets in Near Miss

Posted Feb 5th 2011 01:35 PMUpdated Feb 6th 2011 12:37 PM


A near-miss between an American Airlines passenger airplane and two Air Force cargo jets flying in formation is being investigated by the NTSB.

In a statement, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the near-miss occurred on Jan. 20, and involved an American 777-200 headed to Sao Paulo, Brazil from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, and military jets flying towards McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

American Flight 951 and the cargo planes came dangerously close, safety officials said. Radar showed the planes within a mile of each other, seconds from a mid-air collision.

The American plane was over the Atlantic Ocean, about 80 miles southeast of New York City, when the plane's proximity-detection system warned that the two C-17s were in close proximity, the NTSB said.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controllers and military controllers received the same alert.

Disaster was averted when the American pilot quickly changed course.

The NTSB investigation includes looking at how controllers handled the flights. The FAA is also reviewing the matter, including a focus on military jets flying in formation.

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thats what happens when you have military planes spraying 'undocumented aerosols' into the atmosphere - maybe one day there will be a massive distaster - thats what it will take to make the truth come billowing out - like black smoke from an oxygen starved building

February 07 2011 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah well bi_e me, then YOU get a life. Who made you the article policeman anyway? Whomever wrote the article should learn they're ALL airplanes. Unless maybe YOU wrote it which would explain your being soooo touchy over something NOT written about you. Now go find yourself something to do.

February 05 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Megan Keisher

I actually agree with you. They are all airplane indeed! We were looking for an emergency plumbing services Bakersfield when we got here. Such an interesting article! Thanks for posting it!

November 28 2012 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are many grammatical and spelling errors that could be cited of both the reporter and the posters. However, the purpose of posting is to give your opinion or reaction to the content of the article. With that thought in mind, I would hope that the NTSB thoroughly investigate how this was allowed to happen. It would seem that the American Airlines pilot should be commended for quickly changing course. Someone was sleeping at the controls and we know that it was not the American Airlines pilot! Either air traffic controllers were negligent in their duties or the pilots of the C-16's weren't listening. In the final analysis, the air traffic controllers determine the air space to be used by each aircraft and it's unconscionable that many would lose their lives due to their negligence.

February 05 2011 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Averted you jackass not Diverted also it was not a near miss, if it were then they would have hit they were not sent to another airport ... what can you expect from any writer who writes for AOL News. They can't spell never get their facts right or have no idea what they are writing about.

February 05 2011 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was on board an American Airlines DCl0 going from
Toronto to Chicago one late afternoon on Feb.l3/l988,
when a Northwest Airlines DC9 was less than a mile
away . The DC9 was heading northwest ,within the Detroit area . That is pretty close to where planes
fly back and forth across the Canadian-USA border.
So if you are thinking of close calls,this was another
one. The DC9 was probably either a stretched series
50 or one of their MD80s.

February 05 2011 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A PLANE and two JETS???? Be it jet or piston engine propelled, aren't they ALL "planes?" Duh. But all in all, the article isn't too bad.... for a 3rd grader. Shezzzzzz.

February 05 2011 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here is another one. Comes on the net to critique every single word in every single article.

Get a damn life. This stuff is just not important.

February 05 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good grief, don't you have anything better to do?

Who cares? On a scale of 1-10 of life's important things this rates a 0.

February 05 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the problem is in the air controlers corner. Military and civilian have different channels to talk on, both need to talk to each other when military and civilian jets are in the same area.

February 05 2011 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just glad a near collision was a miss!! Thank God..judy.

February 05 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply