Report On Near Misses At O'Hare Released

Highlights concerns about the configuration of a control tower and two intersecting runways

Chicago-based transportation expert Joseph Schwieterman said he hadn't seen the preliminary report, but he said air-traffic controllers over the years have expressed concern about some design features at O'Hare.

"My takeaway is that O'Hare — despite improvements over the years — still has a lot of older features that can create incidents," he said. "It is still a highly complicated airport — with intersections that are potential problem spots."

But while near misses always raise some concerns, he saw no reason why they should cause alarm among air travelers passing through O'Hare. He noted that such incidents are extremely rare, especially considering the volume of U.S. air passenger traffic.

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