Author Topic: 3 US Airways Commuter Jets Avoid Last-Second Collision Near Washington, D.C  (Read 9075 times)

Offline joeyb747

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Offline VictorK

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Just cause this isn't the only reference I've seen to this being a three-plane accident...


(http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-three-plane-crash-reagan-national-airport-20120802,0,1480170.story)


What? Was the second departure going to hit the flaming wreckage of the other two, or did they depart two in formation?  :roll:

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Here's a video of the incident with ATC and radar:


FAA press release:
http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=13794

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Re: 3 US Airways Commuter Jets Avoid Last-Second Collision Near Washington, D.C
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 10:54:49 PM »
Can someone in ATC explain the blue dotted line. Doesn't seem to have any shape. The green half circle i assume is the airspace?

Offline sykocus

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Re: 3 US Airways Commuter Jets Avoid Last-Second Collision Near Washington, D.C
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2012, 07:55:24 AM »
Can someone in ATC explain the blue dotted line. Doesn't seem to have any shape. The green half circle i assume is the airspace?

The blue line appears to be the flight path of the "brickyard 3329" which they decided to plot. The circle appears to be a range ring of about 20 miles centered on the airport. It maybe an airspace boundary but my guess is it's just there as a reference point. The video was rendered by feeding archived radar data though some software which recreates the look of the radar scope. It's not a direct recording of the/a radar scope per se. So there are elements that are shown that may or may not have been on the actual radar scope at the time of the incident.
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