Traffic control error led to jets’ near-collision

HONOLULU — A federal investigative report faults an inexperienced air-traffic controller with the near-collision of two jets over Hawaii in January.

Hawaii News Now ( ) reported Tuesday it obtained written reports and video radar display of the incident by filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The radar display shows the Japan Airlines and United Parcel Service jets heading straight for each other, traveling hundreds of miles an hour with about one and a half miles between them.

A memo says the controller in Honolulu had just been certified, but said he wasn’t ready to direct traffic and requested additional training.

He told investigators his attention was diverted to a potential conflict involving two other planes.

The FAA says it pulled the controller off operational duties and assigned further training when it learned of the incident.

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