By Lex, Posted on January 14, 2007
Something got lost in the San Diego U/T’s lurid reconstruction on today’s front page of last year’s mid-air collision over La Mesa:
Computer alarms flashed and beeped at air traffic controllers for 51 seconds before two small planes collided over La Mesa last February, but the controllers never warned the pilots…
According to FAA regulations, oral warnings are the primary purpose of the air traffic control system. Controllers have standing orders from the FAA to “give first priority to separating aircraft and issuing safety alerts.”
Which is true as far as it goes, but it doesn’t quite go far enough, unfortunately.