FAA and NTSB Hold Emergency Summit to Investigate String of Close
by M.C. Millman
One day after the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), held an emergency summit to address the myriad of recent near misses on airport runways, a preliminary report on the tenth close call for the year was added to the growing list.
Wednesday's meeting was the first such emergency summit held in 14 years. It was called to take a serious look at patterns and factors creating an alarming increase in close calls between airplanes. The NTSB reported that it had put together an air traffic control group to investigate the incidents. The investigation will be assisted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
"I think I speak for all of us, and certainly the traveling public, that these events are concerning," Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen said at the summit.