The two aircraft, one an Alaska Air 737 and the other a cargo plane, came within a quarter of a mile of each other and would have crashed had luck not intervened.
An investigation is underway. The flight was about to land when the pilot received instructions from ground control that he was to engage in a standard procedure known as a “go-around”.
That was when it came very close to colliding with a cargo plane. The whole incident took place over Fire Island. Over 143 travelers were on board that aircraft. A big tragedy was averted.
At one point the pilots of both planes saw each others aircraft from their cockpits. The event was labeled a “near miss”. The order for “go-around” was so as to create space between the two aeronautical bodies. And so the Alaska Air jet finally landed and everybody called it a day.
A thorough probe into why this near mishap occurred will be conducted shortly. Both the air control tower personnel as well as the pilots of the two airplanes will be questioned regarding the possibly dangerous encounter.
The details will be perused and then a final decision will be reached based on solid evidence. The pilot of the cargo plane has reiterated the fact that he was continuously in contact with the air traffic controller at the airport premises.
Todd Erickson, Ace Air Cargo’s chief pilot, said, "Ace aircraft was aware of the situation and in contact with the control tower the entire time.:
He confesses that as he sees it there were no signs of any hazard. "There was no danger," Erickson said. "Once Alaska Airlines radioed they had the 1900 in sight, our crew had no cause for concern."
Meanwhile, the Alaska Air pilots say that although it was a close call, still their sophisticated aircraft had collision-proof systems on board.
Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said, "Boeing 737 aircraft are equipped with collision avoidance systems, which assist crews in identifying and avoiding other aircraft."
Hence, it was not a situation to sweat over. The crew and pilot were on alert and the necessary steps were taken to guide the plane to safety via a change in altitude.