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ABC News reported that 3 US Air commuter jets nearly avoided a mid-air collision at Reagan International Airport in Washington, DC after air traffic controllers modified approach vectors due to a passing thunderstorm without telling controllers at the airport.

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The FAA confirmed the near-miss, saying to ABC News, "The FAA is investigating the incident and will take appropriate action to address the miscommunication."

Commuter jets like those involved in this incident are often operated by a small, regional airline that contract with a larger airline to provide commuter service under the legacy airline's banner. While safety and training has been an issue with some regional airlines, the pilots and local air traffic controllers in this incident acted swiftly to avoid a catastrophe.

(c) Copyright 2012 Brett A. Emison

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