2 July 2013
Five near collisions involving planes that aborted landings prompted the NTSB to call Monday for changes in air traffic control procedures. The NTSB said in a letter to the FAA that aborted landings are putting planes on converging flight paths, forcing pilots to execute evasive maneuvers at a low altitude to avoid a potential collision. The NTSB cited four such near collisions last year: two in Las Vegas, and one each in New York and Charlotte, N.C. The NTSB also said that the board determined that existing FAA separation standards and operating procedures are inadequate and need to be revised to ensure the safe separation between aircraft near the airport environment.
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