Mistake by ‘overworked’ air traffic controller led to near miss

Mistake by ‘overworked’ air traffic controller led to near miss

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Two passenger jets came within 700 feet (213 metres) of each other after a mistake by a British air traffic controller, according to a near-miss report.

The error was made by a controller “during a period of high workload”, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said.

He gave an instruction to increase altitude to a Boeing 737 leaving Stansted Airport, Essex, which was meant for another aircraft from the same airline, the UKAB said.

This caused the former to climb “into confliction” with a Boeing 777 approaching the airport, according to the report.

The official minimum separation between the two jets should have been 1,000 feet (305 metres).

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