Swiss Air Traffic Control Near-Miss at JFK Airport: A Potential Disaster Averted

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 22, 2024 21:30 PMNews
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Evening view of the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, with planes parked near terminals
Evening view of the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, with planes parked near terminals. Source: unsplash

A near-disaster involving Swiss flight 17 from New York's JFK Airport to Zurich occurred last Wednesday afternoon, yet it received little attention until now. This event, which could have been catastrophic, highlights serious issues within air traffic control at one of the busiest airports in the United States.

Swiss flight 17 was given clearance to take off on runway 4L at JFK, but as it began its takeoff procedure, four other aircraft were simultaneously cleared to cross the same runway. This hazardous situation was only avoided thanks to the quick response of the Swiss pilot, who called out, "Aborting takeoff. Traffic on runway." This prevented a possible collision, but it raises questions about the competence of air traffic control at the airport.

American Airlines 2246, Delta 29, Republic 5752, and Delta 420 were all cleared to cross runway 4L just as Swiss 17 was preparing for takeoff. The Swiss pilot's calm and professional response averted a serious accident. Notably, there was no immediate apology or acknowledgment from air traffic control for the dangerous error.

The incident is part of a broader pattern of air traffic control issues in the United States. Recent events, such as near-collisions between JetBlue and Southwest at Washington's National Airport and the near-miss between American Airlines and Delta at JFK last year, indicate systemic problems. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently implemented measures to improve controller rest, but these incidents suggest that more needs to be done to address safety and management issues in the air traffic control system.

Given the growing number of near-collisions and other safety concerns, there is an urgent need for the FAA and other relevant authorities to reassess current practices and improve safety measures. This latest incident at JFK serves as a stark reminder of the importance of air traffic control precision and the potential consequences of mismanagement.

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