The collision over the Hudson

December 15, 2010 11:38:25 AM PST
Imagine turning off every traffic signal on Broadway in Manhattan. What would happen? One friend of mine offered an example like that when talking about the chaos in the air space above the Hudson River.

No regulation whatsoever under 1100 feet - except that southbound air traffic is supposed to travel closer to the Jersey Side, with northbound traffic hugging the Manhattan side of the invisible center divide.

There are now calls for regulating this under-1100-foot chaos, after the mid-air collision between a tourist helicopter and a small private plane over the weekend.

Nine people were killed - and as of this writing, seven bodies have been recovered.

The human part of this story is simply heart wrenching. We'll have the latest on the search for victims, tonight at 11. And we're following up on the possible solutions to end the chaos.

Should the airspace be regulated by air traffic controllers who are already overworked?

Not to dismiss the tragedy of all this, but despite the chaos over the Hudson, midair collisions aren't all that common in this under-1100-foot space. Would it be better if controllers were in charge?

We're exploring that tonight.

And we'd like to know what you think? Should there be regulations imposed on the airspace over the Hudson? Please CLICK HERE to register your vote and opinion.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, the AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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