7/08/2013 11:09:00 AM

Officials Recommend Air Safety Changes After Recent Near Misses

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The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended changes to air traffic safety rules following five close calls involving passenger jets at large US airports, CNN reports. The new rules would prevent planes from getting too close to one another when one aborts a landing. Under current rules, controllers must ensure proper distance between aircraft during take off and landings, but there are no specific regulations regarding "go arounds" (when pilots abort a landing and circle the airport before trying again). Three near-misses have occurred at Las Vegas McCarran airport, one at New York's JFK and another at Charlotte-Douglass International. The Federal Aviation Administration is analyzing the recommendations and plans to make changes within 90 days.

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