Controller directed Southwest pilot to check on Cirrus SR-22

10/6/2011 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

An air-traffic controller directed a Southwest Airlines airliner bound for Orlando, Fla., to follow a Cirrus SR-22 to "take a look" because the smaller plane had lost radio contact. The National Transportation Safety Board said the planes came within 100 feet of each other, which is too close, says Randy Babbitt, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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