Officials in the United States are investigating “miscommunication” that almost resulted in disaster over Washington's Reagan National Airport this week. Three US Airways aircraft – two outbound and one inbound – flew unacceptably close to each other in bad weather, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Air traffic controllers had diverted the planes to a different runway, and “during the switchover of operations, miscommunication [...] led to a loss of the required separation between two regional jets departing from Runway 1 and a regional jet inbound for Runway 19.”
On board the three aircraft were 192 passengers and crew. According to the Washington Post, the commuter jets “came within seconds of a mid-air collision”. US Airways has not commented on the incident.