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The Nation

The number of reported near midair collisions by aircraft rose to a record 592 last year, the government said, and critics of the Federal Aviation Administration immediately called on Congress to investigate whether it has become less safe to fly. The FAA said the 1984 figure was an increase of 114 over 1983. The previous record was set in 1980, when 568 near collisions were reported. FAA spokesman Dennis Feldman emphasized, however, that there were 3.3 million more landings and takeoffs in 1984 than there were in 1983.


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