On August 11, 2023, a Boeing 737 operated by Southwest Airlines and a Cessna Citation 560X business jet nearly collided at San Diego Airport. The regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, now wants to take a close look at the incident.
For about two years, the number of near misses on runways and taxiways has been increasing in the United States of America. Around noon on Friday, August 11, 2023, San Diego Airport ran out again.
According to a statement by the FAA, which is based on preliminary investigation results, the business jet is said to have been granted permission to land on runway 27. However, at about the same time, Southwest Airlines Flight 2493 was cleared to taxi onto this exact runway. The fact that no catastrophe occurred is also thanks to the technical equipment at San Diego Airport.
This is equipped with an automatic surface surveillance system that immediately sounded the alarm. As a precaution, the Cessna was instructed to abort the landing approach immediately and to wait for further instructions. This decision by the controllers was absolutely correct, because such a serious accident could possibly have been prevented.
The FAA has commissioned the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct an investigation. It should be found out how it could happen that two machines were allowed to use the same runway at the same time. The agency said in a statement: "The NTSB is investigating the August 11 incident when a Cessna 560X was cleared to land on runway 27 and collided with a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 waiting in a queue on runway 27 found. No injuries or damage were reported.”