Traffic Control Procedures Changed After Close Calls

The primary provider for air traffic control services in Australia has reviewed and changed some of its operating procedures after near misses to improve their safety processes.

In April this year there was a “breakdown of separation” where two commercial planes passed within 3.5 nautical miles of each other after being compelled to change their course when a controller realised they were converging at the same altitude.

This followed other incidents of a similar nature, which prompted an investigation into the cause. Consequently the air traffic controller handover procedure has been modified to improve safety.

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