Preliminary Report: Close call at Teterboro

 - July 25, 2007, 5:26 AM

Piaggio Avanti, Teterboro, N.J., June 17, 2007 – The pilot of a fractional Avanti, cleared to take off from Runway 24 at Teterboro Airport, averted a collision with a Cirrus SR22, cleared to take off on the intersecting Runway 19, when the Avanti pilot saw the Cirrus taking off and on an apparent collision course. The Avanti pilot blew two tires in his braking action but avoided hitting the Cirrus by 50 feet at the intersection. The three controllers in the tower did not see the conflict. The Avanti is operated by Avantair. There was no aircraft damage and no injuries to the three people on board the two aircraft.