Alarms sounded, but controllers sent no 'safety alert' to planes ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Alarms sounded, but controllers sent no 'safety alert' to planes

The controllers never warning the pilots caused two small planes to collide over La Mesa last February. Computer alarms flashed and beeped at air traffic controllers for 51 seconds. A review of audiotapes and computer records from the crash confirms that Federal Aviation Administration controllers in El Cajon and Miramar did not broadcast a “safety alert” to the planes. The crash killed three men and dropped burning debris on neighborhoods in El Cajon and La Mesa. The National Transportation Safety Board's report on the crash is expected early this year. Acting chairman, Mark Rosenker, wrote July 12 that air controllers had failed to broadcast alerts in the La Mesa crash and in 10 other U.S. aviation accidents since 2002 that his agency had examined.

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