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NTSB: AA-Air Canada Rouge aircraft separated by 0.6 miles

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The near-miss between an American Airlines Boeing 737 and an Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Sarasota, Florida, US, was covered in an incident report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States (US).

According to the report, the two aircraft were separated horizontally by 0.6 miles (965 meters) when they were the closest to one another.

Flight AC1633 from SRQ to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Canada, was operated on February 16, 2023, by an Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321, registered as C-GKFB.

Air traffic control gave the go-ahead for the flight crew of the Canadian airline to take off on runway 14 at 8:59 PM local time (UTC -5). (ATC).

American Airlines Boeing 737-800, N826NN, which was operating flight AAL2172 from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to SRQ, was also given permission to land on the same runway at the same time.

The American Airlines crew made contact with the local controller (LC) around 10 miles (16 km) from the airport, and the LC authorized the Boeing 737 to land on runway 14 after analyzing radar data at the airport.

The LC asked the flight from CLT whether it was ready to take off when it was on a 3.12-mile (5-kilometer) final approach, and the flight crew replied in the affirmative.

Informing the Airbus A321 of traffic, specifically, that flight AAL2172 was on a 3-mi (4.8-km) final approach, the LC gave them the go-ahead to depart from runway 14.

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