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This particular episode is very interesting and, in particular, very useful for classroom discussion. We have an apparent case of air traffic controller incompetence leading to a runway collision. But is it as simple as that?
Once the program establishes that the controller made a mistake, it discusses understaffing, poor procedures, difficulty viewing the runway and a tempermental ground radar system that wasn’t working at the time.
This is a perfect film to show when discussing where does personal responsibility begin and end.
I recommend it for that purpose. I would be using it in business law but it is a good film to use when discussing ethics.
Here is an article about the crash. It’s a little technical but I recommend you go to the web site and read the whole thing. My thanks to AirDisaster.com!
As the Skywest Metro awaited its takeoff clearance, USAir 1493 touched down near the threshold of runway 24L and shortly thereafter slammed into 5569. Both aircraft skidded down the runway, the Metro crushed beneath the 737’s fuselage. The wreckage came to rest on the far side of the taxiway against an empty building. All 12 in the Skywest aircraft were killed as were 21 people in the USAir 737, including the Captain.
- David Burke’s Deadly Revenge (time.com)
- NTSB: Planes at Chicago’s Midway came within 300 feet of each other (cnn.com)
- Southwest Investigating Close Call At Midway Airport (huffingtonpost.com)
- Pilot manoeuvre averted disaster at Pearson (thestar.com)
- Plane preparing to land when fatal crash occurred (canada.com)
- Ontario plane crash photos released (cbc.ca)