Near miss at LAX

Happened Sunday afternoon when a pair of jetliners came less than 100 feet from colliding with each other on the south airfield. From the Daily Breeze:

The pilot of Midwest Express Flight 1503 landed on the southernmost runway and turned onto the center taxiway about 2:50 p.m. Sunday, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. The pilot correctly read back an air traffic controller's instructions to turn the Embraer E-190 jetliner onto a taxiway and stop, Gregor said. But instead of following the instructions, the pilot continued to cross the taxiway's hold bars and finally stopped just short of the departures runway about 200 feet away, Gregor said. At the same time, Northwest Airlines Flight 623, a Boeing 757 jetliner, was rolling down the departures runway to take off for Honolulu.

This was the first serious runway incursion at the south airfield since the centerline taxiway was built between the two runways. Interestingly, runway status lights have been installed at three taxiway intersections on the south airfield, but not at the one that the Midwest Airlines pilot had crossed. The lights alert pilots when it's safe to cross a runway.

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