NTSB blames controller for near miss in Mississippi

The National Transportation Safety Board investigation found that a near collision between a regional airliner and a Cessna in Mississippi in June was the fault of an air traffic controller with a history of suspensions. The planes came within 300 feet of colliding after the controller cleared both for takeoff on intersecting runways. "While most individuals in the aviation industry are focused and professional, events like these continue to occur, which means there's still more work to be done to ensure that air travel is as safe as possible," said NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.

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