FAA set to plumb mid-air incidents

Responding to a spate of midair near-collisions in recent months, the Federal Aviation Administration wants to bring pilots and air-traffic controllers together to voluntarily share information after such events. The goal of the initiative is to obtain a more complete picture of what led up to such dangerous incidents and how to prevent them. UAL Corp.’s United Airlines is likely to be the initial participating carrier. The Wall Street Journal reports that the model program is intended to “more accurately identify potential hazards and develop more robust mitigation strategies” without seeking to punish either controllers or pilots, according to agency documents.

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