Three Planes Cleared For Same Runway Avoid Crash At Los Angeles Airport

Federal investigators are trying to figure out why an air traffic controller directed three planes onto the same runway at Los Angeles International Airport last week.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says, "It was pretty close."

Last Friday, the controller directed a departing turboprop to taxi on the same runway where he'd just cleared a Southwest Airlines jet to land. He also told an Air Canada jet it could cross the same runway on its way to the terminals.

The pilot of the smaller plane saw the incoming Southwest jet and stopped short of the runway. The jet roared past about 275 feet away and 50 feet above the smaller plane.

The F-A-A spokesman says the Southwest jet landed without incident and never got closer than about 56-hundred feet to the Air Canada jet.

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