Air Traffic Control Errors To Blame For Florida Aviation Accident

by | January 4th, 2013

January 4, 2013

USA Today says an air traffic controller error was to blame for an airplane accident that occurred on New Year’s Eve at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

A statement from US Airways explained that after a Spirit Airlines flight of an Airbus A320 carrying 167 passengers touched down on the tarmac at the airport, the pilot was instructed by air traffic control to maneuver towards taxiway T. However, as the plane approached, it made contact with a US Airways aircraft after the pilot commented he did not have room to maneuver and was told by controllers to continue.

Exhausted and over-worked air traffic controllers may present a danger to travelers, pilots, and flight crews. A study from the Government Accountability Office found that controllers were responsible for doubling the number of Aviation Accidents caused by their errors in recent years.

Researchers concluded that 18 accidents occurred per one million flights during the 2010 federal budget year, which was an increase from the 11 incidents per million in 2004. While changes in reporting were attributed to the increase, experts believe other factors, such as exhaustion, also played a large part.

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