Airliners in near miss over UK

Date:         17 Nov 96 20:04:02 
From:         Juha.Paulavuo@sci.fi
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Two airliners came within 250 yards of each other over southern England
and only quick thinking by an air traffic controller prevented a possible
collision, officials said Thursday. The near-miss occurred Tuesday November
12  when a Boeing B-737 of the Dutch airline KLM descended too far and
came close to a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 of the Scandinavian  carrier SAS,
the main air traffic controllers' union said. The incident happened just
hours after 349 people were killed when a Saudi airliner and a Kazakh
cargo plane collided over India. Poor weather conditions meant it was
unlikely the two pilots realized their planes were so close. For the full
text story, see http://www.merc.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=517894-855

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