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Two planes nearly collide after Vice President Biden’s lands in Chicago - 18th May 2011

Confu­sion af­ter Vice Pres­ident Biden landed in Chicago on Monday almost resulted in a colli­sion be­tween two pas­sen­ger planes just above the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport, accord­ing to fed­eral of­ficials and air traff­ic record­ings.

The near-colli­sion in­volved a pair of 50-seat, twin-en­g­ine commuter jets, one inbound from Muskegon, Mich., and the oth­er taking off for Buffalo. Biden’s plane was not in­volved in the in­cident. The oth­er planes came with­in 300 feet of col­liding, a crash that was averted as an angry pi­lot and a surprised air traff­ic con­troller ex­pressed their dismay with expletives.

A con­troller super­vi­sor stepped in, or­dering that the inbound plane, a SkyWest Air­lines Canadair jet with 29 people aboard, abort its landing to avoid an Ex­pressJet Air­lines Embraer ERJ-145, with 53 aboard, that was rolling down a runway to­ward takeoff.

“Oh, [expletive],” said the con­troller who had or­dered the

Ex­pressJet to take off, accord­ing to a record­ing of the tower traff­ic.

“What the [expletive] was that?” the Ex­pressJet’s pi­lot shouted as he saw the SkyWest plane. “What was that?”

“Sorry,” replied the con­troller, who had been certi­fied for the job in the O’Hare tower just two weeks earli­er, fed­eral of­ficials said.

Fed­eral Aviation Admin­istration spokeswoman Sasha J. John­son said the FAA “will review the event to see if any

additional train­ing or procedural changes might be nec­essary.”

The National Trans­portation Safety Board said Wednesday that it was inves­tigating. Read More