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Planes nearly collide at airport

April 24, 2010|By Christopher Cadelago

Federal safety officials on Friday opened an investigation into the near-collision of a commercial jetliner and a small private plane at the intersection of two runways at Bob Hope Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in an advisory that a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 carrying 124 passengers and crew from Oakland came within 200 feet of a Cessna 172 while landing on Runway 8 of the airport.

The private plane at about 11 a.m. Monday was executing a “touch and go,” a practice maneuver in which an aircraft lands briefly on the runway before accelerating and becoming airborne again.

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Investigator Betty Koschig, an air traffic control specialist in Washington, D.C., arrived Friday in Burbank to begin the investigation.

The airplanes came within 200 feet vertically and 10 feet laterally of each other, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened in clear conditions and a visibility of 10 miles.


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