DCA Audio Highlights Confusion
Weather and a miscommunication left pilots and controllers confused, and caused three commuter jets to breach separation requirements at Reagan National airport, Tuesday. Preliminary reports indicate that one aircraft came within 500 vertical feet and 1.7 miles of a departing aircraft and 600 feet and 2.8 miles of another jet. None of the jets were on collision courses, according to the FAA, and all were operated by US Airways. Audio of the event captures one controller stating that there were opposite direction arrivals holding departures at the time. Other comments suggest controllers may have been working to reverse the flow of traffic on active runways. Audio of the event (included after the jump), shows controllers and pilots working through the confusion.
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