NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


July 23, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a near midair collision in Chicago in which two airplanes came in close proximity to one another.

On July 21, 2008, at 12:47 p.m. Central Daylight Time, an Embraer ERJ-145, operating as American Eagle flight 4298, and a Learjet LR60 (N252RP) were involved in a near midair collision at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (KORD), according to initial reports. The ERJ-145 was operating under 14 CFR Part 121 as a scheduled air carrier and the Learjet was operating under 14 CFR Part 91 as a corporate flight.

The ERJ-145 airplane was departing runway 32L and the Learjet was landing on runway 9R. The local assistant/monitor for the local air traffic controller observed the converging paths of the two airplanes and advised the local controller to instruct the Learjet to go around. The ERJ-145 airplane was instructed to stay low on departure.

Analysis of radar replays revealed that the Learjet passed 325 feet above and slightly behind the departing ERJ-145.

There were no reported injuries or damage to the aircraft.

As a result of this incident, new procedures have been implemented for arrivals to runway 9R requiring specific coordination between approach control and the tower regarding whether 9R is in use.

A preliminary report of the incident will be available on the Board's website later this week.

NTSB Media Contact:
Bridget Serchak



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.