Seven near misses are one too many, but there are a few things to remember. First, at any given time there are between 6,000 and 8,000 airplanes in the air in the U.S. When you compare seven incidents to all the take offs and landings that take place in one month the number is very, very small. Second, all incidents have to be reported but that doesn't necessarily mean that every incident was almost an accident or that the two airplanes were 50 feet away from each other. Any deviation from the standard protocol has to be reported.This morning on the news, I heard that there were seven " near misses " in the area airports this year. Just five alone in the month of May!
What's going on? Aren't air traffic controllers paying attention? Can anyone explain this?