IT WAS 1 P.M. ON A TYPICAL SUMMER afternoon at Los Angeles International. WestJet Flight 900, a 737NG from Calgary that had just landed, held between parallel Runways 24R and 24L as directed by the LAX tower. "Without authorization, the WestJet crew changed radio frequencies and contacted ground control," according to the US National Transportation Safety Board. The ground controller "assumed" that the 737NG had been "cleared to cross Runway 24L and provided instructions for the flight to ...

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