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Investigation into Jetliner and TV News Chopper Near-Collision Last Week

May 4, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Last week a TV news helicopter and a Southwest jetliner almost collided in mid-air, and the National Transportation Safety Board wants to know why, the Associated Press reports

According to the story, "[Southwest] Flight 1322, bound for Baltimore, and [a helicopter operated by Helicopter’s Inc. for Houston TV station KPRC] came within 125 feet of each other at [Houston’s] Hobby Airport about 12:25 p.m. CDT on April 28, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. Both pilots took evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding, the board said. There were 140 people on board the jet. No one was injured."

The article goes on to say. "The safety director for Helicopters Inc., Bill DeReamer, said its internal investigation found that the pilots of both aircraft had been given unrestricted takeoff clearance by air traffic controllers and were unaware of each other."

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