Mon, Aug 23, 2004
TAP Airbus Makes Drastic Maneuvers To Avoid Mid-Air
More than two dozen people were injured when a TAP-Air Portugal
aircraft entered a sudden, steep dive to avoid a mid-air collision
near Lajes Field in the Azores.
The Airbus A310 (file photo of type, above) was flying from
Lisbon and was on approach when the cockpit crew suddenly pitched
over and very quickly lost more than 6,000 feet in altitude to
avoid a twin Beech.
Initial reports said 31 of the 131 people on board were hurt in
the sudden maneuver. Local news reports say those who were injured
weren't wearing their seat belts.
A TAP spokeswoman had no information on the other plane.
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