Near Plane Collision

Airline passengers leaving from a Milwaukee airport are happy they're on solid ground, after a near collision with another plane.

Aviation leaders say an air traffic controller's error contributed to two aircraft nearly colliding as they flew at 25,000 feet over Indiana Tuesday night.

The Midwest Airlines plane was heading east from Milwaukee. The United Express plane was going west from North Carolina.

An FAA spokesperson says the incident happened during a shift change at the radar facility in Aurora, Illinois.

A safety device in the cockpit of one of the planes prevented the collision.

There were 24 people on the flight from Milwaukee

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