The FAA is working to bring airline pilots and air traffic controllers together to better understand the recent rise in reports of near-collisions in mid-air. The agency says its goal is not to punish either controllers or pilots, but rather to "more accurately identify potential hazards and develop more robust mitigation strategies" by "merging the perspectives" of both groups. Both United Airlines and Southwest Airlines reportedly have held discussions with the FAA about participating in the program. According to the NTSB, cockpit warning systems have been triggered some 400 times in eight months, indicating that planes may be flying too close to one another.
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