Look at the above picture very carefully. Do you see the almost plane incursion? NASA spent millions conducting surveys of pilots and flight crews about their flight experiences. After NASA completed its survey and interview of pilots, a chief NASA official ordered researchers to destroy the findings fearing public panic. The report was not destroyed and is due to be released in a few weeks. While reading some of this report a few weeks ago (what was released), I saw a section that discussed how two Frontier pilots flying from Baltimore to Denver reported falling asleep for 45 minutes. Both men emerged from their sleep to hear a panicked air controller telling them that they were coming in too high and too fast to land. A news journal reported this as well:
This year has seen dramatic near-misses. On Aug. 16, two commercial jets carrying 296 people came within 37 feet of colliding at Los Angeles International. A Delta Boeing 757 touched down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 11 and had to take off immediately to avoid hitting a United Airbus A320 mistakenly on its runway. A Delta Boeing 737 landing at New York’s LaGuardia airport July 5 narrowly missed a commuter jet mistakenly cleared to cross its runway.
Because of various academic and research interests, I have been forced to fly some 20 times over the past two years. My next scheduled flight leaves January 2nd to Washington D.C. My friend and colleague Phil Sinitiere and I will be traveling to attend the American Historical Association meeting. Because I fear flying so much, Phil thought we should sit beside each other on the flight. Hey Phil, you are in for a treat.