Near miss reported at Ben Gurion Airport


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two flight controllers at Ben Gurion International Airport were reassigned after two airplanes nearly collided.

The Dec. 17 incident, which was announced Monday, involved a Lufthansa passenger plane and an El Al jetliner that passed dangerously close to each other.

It was the second incident to occur within 24 hours, Ha’aretz reported. The day before, a Russian commercial plane nearly landed on Israel’s Highway 1 after being misdirected to a landing strip.

An investigation of the near collision, which originally was not seen as a safety incident but was reclassified after a closer look at radar readings, is being conducted.

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