Close Call For Two Planes On Runway At LA International

The Federal Aviation Administration says a Southwest Airline jetliner at Los Angeles International Airport got within 50 yards of a runway that another plane was preparing to land on.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the pilot of a Southwest flight bound for Sacramento on Sunday morning did not have permission from a controller to cross over onto the runway.

As it happened, a SkyWest Airlines turboprop coming in from Bakersfield was less than one mile from landing on the same runway.
Gregor says the controller instructed the SkyWest pilot to go around the Southwest jetliner before touching down.

Both planes proceeded without further problems.

Gregor said Sunday morning's incident was the eight runway incursion at the airport since Oct. 1, all of them considered minor.

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