Archive for August 17th, 2007

Wasn’t it a near-collision?

Friday, August 17th, 2007

This news story uses the term “near-miss” to refer to an incident at the Los Angeles Airport. Apparently WestJet flight 900 from Calgary almost collided with a Northwest Airbus.

Maybe this is quibbling, but if the planes nearly collided, shouldn’t it be called a near-collision? Likewise shouldn’t a “near-miss” refer to a collision that nearly missed?