FAA investigating near miss at Reagan National Airport

ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. (DC News Now) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was investigating a near collision at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) that took place Wednesday.

American Airlines Flight 2134 was cleared for takeoff. Around 10:30 a.m., an air traffic controller cancelled the clearance. Officials said it was because another aircraft had been cleared to land on an intersecting runway.

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“The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority, and we’re grateful to our crew for their professionalism. We will support the FAA in its investigation,” American Airlines said in a statement to DC News Now.

The incident happened a little more than a month after Southwest Airlines Flight 2937 and JetBlue Flight 1554 nearly collided at DCA.

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine responded to the near miss from Wednesday on their social media accounts.

“This is exactly why we pushed for an independent review of whether DCA can handle additional flights. I cannot believe my colleagues put politics over safety and rammed additional flights onto this clearly packed runway,” Warner posted on the X platform.

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“I’m relieved no one was hurt. But this incident underscores again that DCA is at capacity. This shows why Senate action to jam even more flights into DCA was so dangerous. The FAA must resist any new flights that compromise safety,” stated Kaine.

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