Milwaukee's Taxiways Not Covered by Systems Designed to Prevent Ground Collisions

The current $14.5 million system is focused only on runways. Two cargo planes collided last week at the intersection of three taxiways.


But the ground radar is intended to prevent collisions in poor visibility on runways, where high-speed takeoffs and landings leave little room for error, Cory said. It wasn't designed for taxiways crowded with slow-moving aircraft and vehicles, she said.

"The thing would be going off all the time if you had it configured for the taxiway," Cory said.

Wednesday's collision was the second runway accident at Mitchell in less than a week. On Sunday, a Northwest Airlines DC-9 ran off the end of a runway, slightly injuring one passenger.

But Bateman said the events were unrelated and not cause for concern.

"There's no trends here," Bateman said.

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