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FAA Concerned over "Near Collisions"

The National Transportation Safety Board is concerned by how the Federal Aviation Administration keeps records of potentially disastrous air traffic controller mistakes are spelled out in the Federal Register. "The NTSB does not believe that the FAA's processes for assessing and reporting incidents, particularly those involving losses of separation [the required distance between aircraft], are sufficiently reliable," the NTSB wrote in the register Jan. 7 in defending its intent to delve into the issue. "Recent Department of Transportation Inspector General investigations have documented repeated failures to report incidents, misclassification of incidents, and other circumstances which lead the NTSB, as an independent agency, to seek additional means of monitoring the performance of the ATC system."