Tucson air traffic controller recognized for preventing potentially deadly collision

Tucson air traffic controller honored for 2017 incident

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson-based air traffic controller was awarded for his quick instructions from the tower at Tucson International Airport that prevented a possible collision between two planes last year.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association presented Scott Allen with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award - its highest honor - at a recent banquet in Las Vegas. The award is given to air traffic controllers who have performed life-saving work.

In the Nov. 9, 2017, incident an F-16 fighter jet that had just touched down came within as little as 20 feet of a taxiing Beechcraft King Air, which is an 11-seat twin-engine turboprop plane.

Allen’s instructions, telling the F-16 to “go around” and the King Air pilot to stop gave the F-16 pilot enough time to throttle up, get airborne and angle his jet to avoid the King Air, which, according to information from NATCA, was about a third of the way across the runway.

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