Teterboro Near-Misses Blamed on Air Traffic Controller, Pilot Errors

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:05 PM EDT
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Airport Near-Misses Blamed on Air Traffic Control, Pilot

NBCNewYork.com

The tower at Teterboro Airport

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Errors by air traffic controllers and a jet pilot led to three planes nearly coming into each other's flight paths over Teterboro Airport last fall.

That's the conclusion of a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

A corporate jet took off from the northern New Jersey airport last Oct. 20, but turned back due to a faulty fuel indicator light.

The report released last week found that air traffic controllers at Teterboro and at a regional control center in New York gave contradictory or incorrect instructions to the jet and two approaching Cessnas that nearly put the planes on a collision course.

The report faulted the jet's pilot for overshooting the runway on its return.

A spokesman for air traffic controllers at Teterboro didn't immediately return a message Monday.

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