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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

NTSB Probes Near Midair at Hobby

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a close call on April 28 at Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston that involved a Bell 207 and a Boeing 737 airliner. According to reports, the Bell 207—which serves in an electronic newsgathering (ENG) role—came within 100 feet vertically and 125 laterally of striking the Southwest Airlines jet, which was taking off for Baltimore with 135 passengers and five crewmembers aboard. The incident happened shortly after the commercial jet took off from Runway 12R, and both the helicopter and Boeing 737 pilots made evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting each other. NSTB investigator Betty Koschig, an air traffic control specialist, is leading the probe. Runway safety improvements have been on NTSB’s Most Wanted list since 1990. (From June 2010 Rotorcraft Report)

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