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Twelve seconds paddy again -- all that separated a plane that had been okayed to land from the first of two planes.
That -- just taken off and was flying straight.
For it now all three planes were operated by US Airways and at about 2 o'clock on Tuesday because of bad weather and wind.
Air traffic controllers and Warrenton Virginia about an hour away.
Told the control tower at Reagan national airport just outside DC according to the Washington Post to have a bunch of planes coming in from the north.
Turning over Mount Vernon to turn around and come in from the south.
Over Roslyn Virginia which means planes would be landing in the opposite direction.
And the control tower at the airport didn't tell all the planes in the air about their new plan and because of that the first plane taking off came within 500 vertical feet.
Of the landing aircraft in the second plane taking off.
Came within 600 vertical feet of that landing aircraft when the FAA requires 1000 feet of vertical separation.
Scary stuff so what is US Airways thing.
We just got a statement from US Airways that's very light on specifics but it does say we are currently investigating and working with the FAA.
To determine what occurred at the safety of our customers and employees it's always our top priority.
And there were a 192.
Combined customers and employees on the three planes involved in this near catastrophe on Tuesday.
The FAA it's saying that they will take appropriate action to address the miscommunication and remember -- and this is the same airport where an air traffic controller was busted sleeping on the job.
Back in March 2011.
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