France B773 and American B738 over Caribbean Sea on Dec 13th 2020, TCAS saves the day
Last Update: December 31, 2020 / 16:58:28 GMT/Zulu time
An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N926NN performing flight AA-1546 from St. George (Grenada) to Miami,FL (USA), was enroute at FL380 over the Caribbean Sea about 220nm south of San Juan (Puerto Rico) on a trajectory converging with AF-480 at nearly a right angle.
TCAS activated in both aircraft, the American was instructed to climb, followed and climbed more than 800 feet, the Boeing 777 was instructed to descend and followed descending from about FL377 to FL374, too. After being clear of conflict the Boeing 737 descended back to FL380, the Boeing 777 completed the climb to FL380.
The Boeing 737 crossed the flight path of the Boeing 777 at 38800 feet about 4nm ahead of the Boeing 777, the Boeing 777 crossed the intersecting point at about 37400 feet.
After being clear of conflict both aircraft continued to destinations without further incident.
Venzuela's JIAAC rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation.
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