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National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT INVOLVING AN ATC REQUEST FOR A COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO FLY NEAR A NON-RESPONSIVE AIRPLANE

March 29, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident involving a Southwest Airlines airplane that was requested to veer off course by Air Traffic Control to view into the cockpit of a general aviation airplane that had been out of radio communication.

On Sunday, March 27, 2011, Southwest Airlines flight 821 was requested by Central Florida Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) to check on a Cirrus SR22 that had been out of radio contact for an hour. The TRACON vectored the Southwest Airlines commercial flight until visual contact was obtained with the Cirrus.

The NTSB has designated Dan Bartlett as the Investigator-in-Charge.

Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams
202-557-1350
williat@ntsb.gov

NTSB Public Affairs (Washington, DC)
202-314-6100

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.