National Transportation Safety Board
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Today, the National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary reports on two air traffic control incident investigations.
On April 18, 2011, at 5:06 p.m. EDT, a Boeing 737 inbound for landing on runway 19L at Andrews Air Force Base was vectored too close to a C-17 military plane traveling ahead of it. The B737, which was carrying First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was directed to abort its landing after the required minimum separation between it and the C-17 was compromised. The preliminary report is available at http://go.usa.gov/bOu
On March 27, 2011, at 5:02 pm EDT, Southwest Airlines flight 821, a Boeing 737 from Phoenix to Orlando was requested by an air traffic controller at Central Florida Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) to attempt to make a visual identification and assessment of the occupants of a nearby Cirrus SR22, a general aviation aircraft that was not in radio contact (NORDO) with controllers. The two planes came within approximately 100 feet and 0.1 miles of each other. The preliminary report is available at http://go.usa.gov/bOH
The preliminary reports provide factual information related to the event; analysis of the incident, along with a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the investigations are completed.
RELATED MEDIA ADVISORIES
Announcement of investigation of April 18 air traffic control incident near Andrews Air Force Base: http://go.usa.gov/bOs
Announcement of investigation of March 27 air traffic control incident over Florida: http://go.usa.gov/bOo
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.