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NTSB Partly Blames 'See and Avoid' for 2009 Hudson River Mid-Air


September 16, 2010 — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) blamed the “inherent limitations” of the FAA’s visual “See and Avoid” traffic avoidance concept, along with pilot error and a distracted air traffic controller talking on his cell phone, as probable causes of the Augut 2009 mid-air collision over the Hudson River in New York City that caused the deaths of nine people. This may be the first time the NTSB has cited the FAA’s official technique for visual traffic avoidance, and called for increased use of electronic traffic alert systems in helicopters. The finding is a noticeable shift since the NTSB has usually placed blame on the pilots in these types of accidents for not properly adhering to “See and Avoid.” EAA Radio’s Fareed Guyot talked with EAA Sport Aviation technology columnist Max Trescott about whether the NTSB may push for onboard traffic systems in all aircraft. Listen to the interview

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