Air traffic controller error cited in Brown Field air collision

A series of mistakes by an air traffic controller at San Diego’s Brown Field was likely what caused two planes to collide last year, killing all five on board, a federal report says.

Contributing to the accident was the two pilots’ failure to see each other in time to avoid a collision, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The report on the Aug. 16, 2015, crash was issued last month, along with safety alerts calling for extra training for air traffic controllers and advice that pilots use cockpit technologies that may help avoid a collision.

A Cessna 172M was piloted by Qualcomm executive Michael A Copeland. An experimental Sabreliner was piloted by Jeffrey Percy, with co-pilot James Hale and passengers Carlos Palos and John Kovach also on board.

Published at Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:15:00 +0000