Wrong Track: Delta is blamed for a close call

Delta is blamed for a close call

The fact that airline crews were overheard arguing by radio about whether they could avoid reporting a near collision over the North Atlantic last July 8 was alarming enough. But last week the National Transportation Safety Board reported that the two airliners, a Delta L-1011 and a Continental 747, carrying a total of nearly 600 people, had missed each other by a hair-raising margin of about 30 ft. Worse yet, investigators in both Canada and the U.S. suggested a probable reason for the Delta crew to want to keep the close call a secret. An interim NTSB report charged that the...