Eye on the skies
U.S. Rep calls out 'near-miss incidents' between planes at Austin airport
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday to look into the multiple incidents concerning the airport. The congressman also called on the FAA to bring in more air traffic controllers and resources to match the airport's growth and traffic levels.
"Multiple near-miss incidents at our airport are totally unacceptable," Doggett said in a statement. "We need action before lives are lost in a costly disaster."
There have been three incidents this year alone at Austin's airport. The most recent one, involving an F-18 and a Cessna Citation, happened in September. According to the FAA, the Cessna needed to take "evasive action" as the F-18 flew too close to it. The F-19 then flew near another small plane, a Piper PA-28, near a different runway.
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