The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) held the first air safety summit in 14 years. The purpose: to investigate a series of “near misses” plane crashes.
The meeting arose last Wednesday, after the launch of another federal investigation into another of the near misses.
In the last five years, aircraft raids on runways that were not theirs have increased, which could cause “almost” fatal accidents.
So far in 2023 alone, some seven air incidents have been recorded in this regard, as well as a nosedive that almost led a plane to sink in the sky. Pacific Ocean.
The last almost disastrous event took place on March 7, in the Reagan National Airport from Washington DC.
That day, a flight from Republic Airways crossed a runway without authorization, forcing an aircraft of United Airlines to abort its takeoff.
In his research, the FAA said an air traffic controller assisted in the operation to safely redirect the United team.
What was said about the near miss plane crashes
The officials gathered in Washington During the summit, they agreed that there is a significant increase in incidents.
Therefore, they agreed that these should be treated as real accidents and not as almost plane crashes, as until today.
To the President of the National Transportation Safety Board, Jennifer Homendy, “The absence of a fatality or accident does not mean a security presence,” external.
Flights are delayed at Florida airports due to an air traffic problem
According to experts, the explanation is in sight: airlines have not fully recovered from the ravages caused by the pandemic.
They stressed that the health and economic crisisfueled early retirements, mass layoffs, and financial hardship across the industry.
A tense sector favors near-misses
But also, the airlines they were overwhelmed with mass cancellations and outsized refund requests.
Other industry veterans, like the pilot with three decades of experience, Laura Einsetlerrecall that the last similar crisis occurred after the 9-11.
This debacle cost the industry at least ten years in terms of recovery, he explained to the BBC.
“What we’re seeing now, over the past year, is this really rapid increase in air travel and we’re trying to quickly replace that 20-25% loss of our workers – during the pandemic – by hiring people and trying to bring them up to date at this time,” he said.
FAA investigates a near miss plane crash in New York
And he suggested that it is all the result of a tense aviation sector.
He added that the high demand for air travel could be coinciding with a overworked and inexperienced workforce.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)is looking for clues that may have contributed to the near misses.
Among them, they point out that the communication failures can head the list, as well as little experience or one inadequate training.
As a solution, the Board proposes to implement security technology to prevent these events, but so far it has only been installed in 40 airports in the country.
Another worrisome situation is that USA. today it has 1,200 fewer air traffic controllers than a decade ago.
Despite everything, security experts insist that It is still safe to fly in the US.
His argument is that the recent incidents only represent a small fraction of the 45,000 flights that are offered every day.
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