Mid-air near collisions happen way more than you think they do, says NASA. [NPR]


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  1. Scuba Steve says:

    Anyone who’s been following the “painfully overworked control tower technicians” story probably won’t be surprised by this.

    And the worst part is that it’s going to get much worse before it gets better.

  2. badgeman46 says:

    This NASA report that everyone has been talking about has built in bias. Thats not to say these incidents don’t happen, but here is how the bias works. The NASA reporting system in aviation is not only safety reporting tool, but also a sort of “get out of jail free” card. When pilot’s have incidents, and they file a NASA report, they are covering their own rear ends and the FAA usually doesnt pursue any further. It would be like if you could get out of a ticket by writing to the police that you were speeding. The bias would result in a huge increase of speeders, statistically on paper at least.

  3. OwenCatherwood says:

    @badgeman46: I believe this is separate from the NASA safety reports pilots can fill out. This sounded like an interview with pilots from across the spectrum of flying on a variety of topics.

  4. FightOnTrojans says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for using “near collision” versus the more popular, yet totally wrong, “near miss.”