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Report: 3 Jets Avoid Midair Collision Near DC

US Airways said late Wednesday that it is working with federal officials to investigate a newspaper report that three commuter jets narrowly averted a midair collision near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport outside the nation’s capital.

Control tower at Ronald Reagan National Airport
Control tower at Ronald Reagan National Airport (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Washington Post is reporting that three US Airways jets carrying 192 passengers and crew members came within seconds of a midair collision on Tuesday afternoon. The newspaper cites federal officials with direct knowledge of the incident.

The newspaper reported that air traffic controllers cleared two outbound flights to head in the direction of an incoming plane. Controllers were reversing the path of planes coming into the airport in response to an approaching storm, but the paper reports that the information wasn’t fully relayed. The planes all reached their destinations safely.

The Post reports that the FAA issued a statement saying it is investigating the matter and would address the communication lapse.

An FAA representative couldn’t immediately be reached for comment late Wednesday night by The Associated Press.

USAirways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said in an email that the airline is “currently investigating and working with the FAA to determine what occurred. The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority.” He had no other details.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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