I was just watching a George Carlin video about airline travel, in which he wondered why it’s called a near-miss when two planes nearly hit each other:
“When two planes almost collide, they call it a near-miss. It’s a near-hit! A collision is a near-miss.”
Looks like the Los Angeles Times got the message in its headline “Los Angeles International Airport to open taxiway to help prevent near-collisions” This improvement was sorely needed, by the way, because LAX has had a high rate of runway incursions — when aircraft taxi across the paths of planes that are landing or taking off.