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I still do not understand this part of Breaking Bad and really hope it was exaggerated. When Jane's father, heavily disturbed by loss of his daughter makes a deadly mistake while guiding air traffic, how would that not be spotted by:

  1. The system itself that should be able to calculate projectile.
  2. Other dispatchers guiding air traffic in that zone?
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    It is possible - see Überlingen mid-air collision. However it was a series on unfortunate factors that appeared together (see Other factors in the crash). We can assume something similar happened in the series, but the details were simply not shown. – Chanandler Bong Sep 2 '15 at 13:11
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    This sounds as a reasonable answer, could you turn into one please? – eYe Oct 19 '15 at 15:09
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The event was realistic, Überlingen mid-air collision is a good real-life example. However in this case the reason was not only the mistake of the controller (although it was the main factor), but a series on unfortunate factors that appeared together (see Other factors in the crash).

One might assume that in case of other similar catastrophes there are also many factors involved and so it was in the show, but the details were simply not shown.

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