Jet, plane have close call

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet reported it came dangerously close to a small plane Tuesday while approaching Anchorage International Airport.

Alaska Airlines Flight 131, carrying 102 passengers and five crew from Seattle, was at 3,000 feet about eight miles southwest of Big Lake when air-traffic control alerted the pilots that a twin-engine plane was nearby, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The pilots saw the plane and veered up to the right. They had come within 500 horizontal feet and 200 vertical feet of the other aircraft, said Jim LaBelle, head of the Alaska region NTSB.

An investigator will review radio transmissions between both planes and air-traffic control as well as the saved radar images.

''When an airline complains that he was in too close a contact and was in danger of hitting another plane, then we look into it,'' LaBelle said.

The Piper Seneca, registered to Elmendorf Aero Club, and the Alaska Airlines plane were in proper radio contact with air-traffic control, LaBelle said.

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