Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg expressed concern about an increase in serious close calls in U.S. air travel, calling on the air travel sector to help address the situation. Speaking at the FAA safety summit, Buttigieg stated that “more mistakes than usual” were occurring in the system, including on runways, at gates, in control towers, and on flight decks. The FAA convened the summit following a series of close calls among planes, with the agency and the National Transportation Safety Board investigating a close call in Florida last month and an incident in Texas when a cargo plane flew over the top of a commercial flight taking off. Buttigieg called on leaders at the summit to consider what’s working well, the data showing, and the root causes of the problems. Addressing the close calls is a key priority of the Biden administration, with Buttigieg already implementing steps such as the modernization of airport infrastructure.

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