US near-collision risk increased in 2010: WSJ

WSJ’s Andy Pasztor reports the FAA is expected to announce that mistakes by US air traffic controllers remained steady at about 1,900 incidents in 2011 although the cases of near-collisions increased.

Although errors by controllers remained flat after nearly doubling over the previous three years, the latest FAA figures will show there were 50 of the most serious category of incidents in the fiscal year ended last September, compared with 43 in 2010 and 37 the year before.

Pasztor reports that for 2012, a spike in overall error rates is expected as new FAA systems track and document relatively minor controllers mistakes.

 

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