Southwest airliner on crash course with plane near Bob Hope Airport; 2 injured

Legal news for California aviation accident attorneys. Emergency maneuver injured two Southwest flight attendants while avoiding crash.

NTSB alerts aviation accident attorneys- Two Southwest Airlines flight attendants were injured while the plane was trying to avoid a mid-air crash.

Burbank, CA—A close call came for one Southwest Airlines flight and another smaller aircraft on Saturday, February 13, 2010, as the two planes were on a collision course towards one another. The Airliner was approaching Bob Hope Airport in Burbank when an alert sounded, warning them of the possible collision with a private plane, according to a federal report that was released on Tuesday, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

As the Southwest Airlines Flight 2534 made an emergency maneuver to avoid the oncoming collision, two flight attendants were injured; one sustained a broken shoulder and the other sustained bruises. The commercial airliner was reportedly at around 6,000 feet, about 20 miles from Bob Hope Airport when the cockpit alarm sounded, which is known as a Traffic Collision and Avoidance System. The FAA reported that all commercial airliners are equipped with the alarm to alert the pilots if the are on a collision course with another aircraft. The other plane was apparently two miles away when the Being 737’s alarm sounded, and caused the pilots to make an emergency descent as the plane banked and then raised again. Luckily, none of the 80 passengers on the flight from Las Vegas were injured during the maneuver. The Southwest plane then continued to safely land at Bob Hope Airport without any more incidents. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are conducting a full investigation.

Bob Hope Airport’s airspace is reportedly one of the most crowded and heavily trafficked in the world, with hundreds flights departing and arriving from all directions around the airport and a numerous smaller aircraft coming to and from the nearby Van Nuys Airport, according to experts.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California aviation accident lawyers.