Midair Collisions


• Your paper should be no shorter than 4 pages and no longer than 7 pages. That page count does not include cover page and references. The text should be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and use an 11 or 12-point font of your choosing (1 point value).

• Your paper should have a title page that gives the report’s title, your name, the course number, the professor’s name, and the date of the paper (1 point value).

• Your paper should have an introduction that catches the reader’s attention and that exposes the major elements that will be discussed in the paper and a conclusion that describes what should be done, in your opinion, to further address your assigned safety or security problem in the future (1 point value).

• After the introduction, your paper should explain an ASRS report that deals with your crew’s assigned topic (don’t restrict yourself to your assigned area of responsibility). No one in your crew may use the same ASRS report, so please make sure to find and use different reports. Coordinate! The ASRS report can be from any type of operation (rotorwing, military, airline, etc.) (2 point value).

• Address the technical issues present in the ASRS report that you selected (1 point value).

• Address the human performance issues present in the ASRS report that you selected (1 point value).

• You should cite sources within the text of your paper (any citation style is acceptable) whenever information you present is not commonly known or is not information that you have derived from personal experience on the project (1 point value).

• You should include a reference section, formatted in any style, which contains a minimum of 5 sources (none of them can be Wikipedia; one of the sources should be the actual ASRS report that you referenced) (1 point value).

• The paper should not contain any major, or many minor, grammatical or spelling errors, or significant problems with clarity (1 point value).


Mid air collision is an accident where two or more aircrafts collides in the course of a flight.  Mid air collision usually leads to minor or severe damage to the aircraft depending on the impact from the collision. In some cases, it can lead to total destruction on one or both aircrafts which may bring about injury or death of those on board depending on the impact of the collision.  According to many reports on mid air collision, the chances for survival are usually nil especially where there is no ejector seats or parachutes which may assist those on board evade the collision.  There are many causes of mid-air collision.  However, reports shows that the risk of collision can be increased by miscommunication. It can also be caused by error in navigation, and deviation from flight plans.  Evidently, there are few or rare occurrence of mid air collision because of the expansiveness of the open air spaces (FAA, 987). However, there are increased cases of collisions near or at the airports owing to large volume of aircrafts looking for space in or out of the airport. This may also be contributed by closer spacing as compared to instances of general flights. Mid air collision are caused by human and technical factors.