Two Japanese Airlines planes avoided collision in mid air by just ten metres the day before yesterday. This near accident was the closest in the history of aviation. The pilot of one of the planes avoided disaster by taking swift evasive action, which saved the lives of nearly 700 people. The planes were a Boeing 747, with 427 people on board, and a DC-10, carrying 250 people. The President of JAL, Japanese Air Lines, stated that human error was responsible for this near disaster and that the person responsible would be discovered. He blamed the incident of a lack of communication between control tower staff and the cockpit of one of the planes.
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