The plane was making its final descent into the Los Angeles airport Sunday when the pilot reported the close call, according to audio obtained by NBC News.
Bad weather takes the blame for most air traffic delays, whether it’s a blizzard that is blanketing Buffalo in snow or a Midwestern summer storm that shoots lightning around the airspace.
The huge smoke plume from a fire burning above foothill suburbs has spread across greater Los Angeles and out to sea, but the Federal Aviation Administration says it is not affecting air traffic.
The FAA has updated its work guidelines for controllers, but many travelers say they feel their safety is at risk.
The best solution to the problem of sleepy air traffic controllers is more sleeping on the job, scientists say.
Air traffic controllers at Los Angeles International Airport are concerned that a $1.5 billion international terminal under construction may pose a safety hazard.