Air France Boeing 777-300 and American Airlines Boeing 737-800 experienced a near miss over the Caribbean Sea. The planes were safely separated after the TCAS got activated.
An Air France Boeing 777 was performing flight to Lima from Paris, when the American Boeing 737 was performing flight from St. George to Miami.
The incident occurred on December 13, 2020. The Air France Boeing 777 was climbing to FL380 from FL360 at 21h10UTC. At this time, the American Boeing 737 was already en route at FL380.
According to Simon Hradecky’s report in The Aviation Herald, the Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) was then activated on both aircraft. The Air France 777 descended and the American Airlines 737 was instructed to climb.
TCAS is an aircraft collision avoidance system that monitors an aircraft’s airspace for other aircraft equipped with a corresponding active transponder. It warns pilots of the presence of any other transponder-equipped aircraft to reduce mid-air collisions between aircraft.