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Airspace near-misses doubles over one year

National News // By Tay Kinnear // July 22, 2019

Swiss airspace is getting more dangerous. 

pixabay Airspace near-misses doubles over one year

The number of near-misses has doubled.

The federal safety investigation board says there were 68 reported near-misses last year – that’s twice the year before.

One highlighted incident was when a Airbus owned by Swiss International Airlines flying from Zurich to Geneva in April last year had to take evasive action to avoid a hot air balloon.

Last year was also a bad year for fatalities with 36 killed in air accidents. The number was boosted by the crash of a vintage Junkers aircraft on a pleasure trip. 20 died when the plane went down.

The Federal Civil Aviation Office says it is concerned about the increase in incidents, but also pleased as it seems reporting is improving.

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