Problem The problem here starts with the simple fact of bad weather. TWA 2 was originally cruising at 19000 feet, with an airspeed of 270 knots but because of no visibility raised its altitude to 21000 feet. United flight 718 was flying at 21,000 feet and a 288 knot airspeed. Maybe if the weather was clear TWA 2 may have never requested and changed its altitude. The final report of this collision said the cause was as followed, in order from most likely to least likely: (1) clouds, (2) aircraft window design, (3) preoccupation with cockpit duties or providing passengers with a view of the canyon, (4) physiologic limitations of human vision, and (5) insufficient air traffic advisory information. In reality this is incorrect.
THE FEDERAL AVIATION ACT 3 The ultimate issue in this horrific collision was lack of communication and poorly regulated Air Traffic Control (ATC). The president of the Airline Pilots Association placed the blame squarely on the Civil Aeronautics Board's (CAB) regulations. It was pointed out there have been a series of airliner accidents resulting from the faulty airline traffic regulation procedures. A Salt Lake controller had the last position reports and he knew that both planes were on converging courses at 21000 feet but did not advise either flight of any of this information.
- Spring '12