Three people are confirmed dead after midair collision in Colorado’s Boulder County this weekend. Greg Feith provides expert insight in his analysis of the air crash.
“You have to look again, first and foremost at each aircraft for any kind of mechanical malfunction, failure or anomalies that would cause or contributed to the accident,” he said, adding that the other factor includes looking at the avionics of each plane, including the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS).
“That uses transponder information and the transponder basically pings a signal from the airplane. It’s picked up by air traffic control radar so that your plane can be identified by the number, altitude and ground speed. But the technology also lets airplanes communicate among each other. So now the same ping goes off between point or one airplane to the other,” Feith explained.
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