'Go-arounds' result in close calls at airports
Records obtained by the AP under FOIA, coupled with NTSB records, allowed the AP to evaluate air-traffic control practices and safety measures at American airports. The AP found that airplane pilots executed over 1,500 "go-arounds" in the last six months of 2007. Although NTSB records show no crashes or mid-air collisions in the last thirty years as a result of go-arounds, the FAA could impose additional precautions to reduce such risks, as demonstrated by examples from airport experience.
The AP used FOIA to obtain air-traffic control tower logs and summaries from eight of the nation's busiest airports. These records showed the incidence of evasive maneuvers used by pilots, at the advice of air-traffic controllers, to ease congestion and avert collisions.
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