Air Traffic Controllers Suspended Following Near Miss at Ben-Gurion
Once again, a near collision at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport is in the news, this time, apparently an incident that was too close for comfort, resulting in the suspension of the air traffic controllers involved pending the outcome of the Civil Air Administration investigation.
On Thursday, December 17th, a Lufthansa passenger plane from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv almost touched down on the very same runway on which an El Al flight was waiting for clearance for takeoff. The ban on reporting the incident was lifted by authorities on Monday morning.
According to persons involved in the incident, due to the inclement weather conditions that existed on Thursday, leading to limited visibility, the Lufthansa flight literally almost landed on top of the El Al plane, with officials noticing the impending catastrophe at a very late stage, coming extremely close to disaster.
The El Al flight received the okay to head to the runway for takeoff, and soon thereafter, air traffic controllers realized the incoming jet was heading for the very same runway. They told the Lufthansa flight to circle overhead, permitting the El Al flight to take off, permitting the incoming flight to land.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)