Apparently over the weekend there was a close call between two aircraft at JFK airport in New York. The air traffic controllers can be heard on tape telling a pilot to turn immediately, later reporting that two planes were with 100 feet of each other.
The FAA denies it and I just listened to an interview with an FAA spokesman saying that the radar tapes show the planes were something like a half a mile apart and nowhere near danger. No word yet from the pilots, but it seems they should be able to clear things up since the surely would have seen another plan 100 feet away.
Anyway, the thing that immediately came to mind when the FAA spokesperson kept talking about the tapes was – could there have been a software problem which resulted in the air controller’s screens showing a 100′ gap between planes, when in fact there was no issue at all? Or, is it just more likely that the FAA and airlines don’t want to admit it happened? It’ll be interesting to see how it unfolds.