US Airways pilot investigated for runway error

Posted: August 03, 2007

A US Airways pilot is under investigation for veering his jet into the path of another airplane at Philadelphia International Airport over the weekend, federal authorities said yesterday.

The US Airways flight, from Las Vegas, landed shortly before midnight Sunday, and air traffic controllers told the pilot to take a right on a taxiway, said Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Instead, the pilot took a left and crossed over a runway used by an Air Wisconsin flight to Cincinnati. Air traffic controllers told the Air Wisconsin pilot to turn at the closest taxiway to avoid a collision.

A preliminary report shows that more than 1,000 feet separated the planes, Salac said.

US Airways is investigating, spokesman Morgan Durrant said. The pilot, who has worked for the airline for more than 20 years, has not been grounded.- AP

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