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Why Couldn't These DC-9 Pilots Avoid This Collision?

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Why Couldn't These DC-9 Pilots Avoid This Collision?

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See-and-avoid is a basic concept in aviation that every pilot must obey. But what happens when they don't?

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Just moments after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport, Hughes Airwest Flight 706 suddenly disappears from radar. Soon after, the military reports that an F-4 Phantom fighter jet is also missing from nearby El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Fears of a midair collision are quickly confirmed, raising two key questions: Who hit whom, and why? Join the 1971 investigation and see how this preventable accident led to important changes to the rules of governing aviation, for both commercial and military air traffic.

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