The IAA reported that a landing Lufthansa passenger passed dangerously close to an El Al plane about to take off
Israel Airports Authority (IAA) said last Monday that two passenger airliners were involved in a near collision in Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel, in the second serious air-safety incident in 24 hours.
The IAA reported that a landing Lufthansa passenger passed dangerously close to an El Al plane about to take off, adding that the two flight controllers implicated in the episode were both reassigned in its wake.
An initial investigation conducted on the day of the near collision concluded that the alleged proximity between the two airliners "did not indicate a safety incident had occurred”.
However, a closer inspection of the incident, which included the inspection of radar recordings as well as recordings of the communication between the pilots and the control tower, revealed that "the proximity between the planes indicated that a safety incident had occurred”.
The Civil Aviation Authority said that in view of the findings of the initial review and of the follow-up review, the two air traffic controllers involved would not work at their positions they previously operated until the completion of the investigation.