Pilots Report 2 Near Misses at Chicago Airport

Pilots say luck and quick reflexes prevented two accidents in 2011.
3:00 | 09/25/12

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Thank you, diane. Now we move on to a startling report from the national transportation safety board about two close calls in the air at one of the busiest airplanes, chicago o'hare. We learned with planes so close, pilots said they are only alive because of luck and their own fast reflexes. Here's abc's alex perez. Reporter: An dangerous almost on-air collision. The express jet was coming in. After nearly being ill account i keyed up the mike and yelled to the tower controller what the expletive was that. Three months earlier, another close call at o'hare, same situation, same runway. As a result of close calls at o'hare, the faa has taken action. The controllers responsible those two runways now sit next to each other to eliminate confusion. There were seven near serious collisions across the country and in this case the credit goes to the pilot. I took overt pilot action to avoid an error. We got lucky. That's clearly a cause for concern. Reporter: The faa points out 99.99% of airline operations went off without a hitch. Though pilots and pains may wonder if that's good enough. Alex perez, abc news, chicago.

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