NTSB investigating five runway safety incidents

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The US NTSB is actively investigating five runway safety incidents at US airports since 26 June, four of which occurred in the New York area.

A fifth investigation is underway in Seattle where on 2 July a Northwest Airlines A330 and an AirTran Airways Boeing 737 came within 122m (400ft) vertically of colliding at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Two of the New York area incidents took place at the John F Kennedy International Airport when arriving commercial aircraft aborted their approaches and air traffic control separation minimums with departing aircraft were violated.

The first incident, on 5 July, involved a Cayman Airways Boeing 737-300 that executed a missed approach and came too close to a departing LAN Boeing 767-300.

The NTSB says preliminary radar data show that the two aircraft come within 0.8km (0.5mi) laterally and 61m (200ft) vertically. In the second incident, on 11 July, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 performing a go-around flew too close to a departing Comair Bombardier CRJ.

The other two New York area events involved general aviation and business aircraft incursions at the Teterboro Airport.

In Seattle, NTSB says AirTran Flight 227 crossed a runway without air traffic control clearance while Northwest Flight 106 was departing from the same runway.