Boston Logan Airport Has "Close Call" Between JetBlue Flight And Learjet

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a "close call" at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday evening.

Just before 7 p.m., a JetBlue flight and a Learjet flight had a "close call" after the Learjet 60 pilot started to take off without clearance, an FAA preliminary investigation suggests.

JetBlue Flight 206 was preparing to land on the intersecting runway when it had to take "evasive action and initiate a climb-out" to avert away from the Learjet plane crossing the intersection, the FAA told WBZ NewsRadio in a statement.

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An air traffic controller had instructed the Learjet pilot to line up and wait on Runway 9 while the JetBlue flight landed. The JetBlue Embraer 190 was set to land on Runway 4-Right, a runway that intersects with Runway 9.

The Learjet plane, operated by private charter company Hop-A-Jet, began a takeoff roll despite being instructed by air traffic control. The FAA said the Learjet pilot read back the instructions clearly before initiating a takeoff roll.

The FAA is investigating the incident. It is unknown at this time how close the planes were when the incident occurred.

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