Wasn’t it a near-collision?

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?

3 Responses to “Wasn’t it a near-collision?”

  1. Marc says:

    Good catch, Phil. I was once involved in a near-miss that totaled my car.

  2. Ryan says:

    Near-miss is the same as a close miss. It is a miss that was near, as opposed to far.

  3. Marc says:

    But a near-miss implies that they almost missed, but didn’t, and in fact collided.