Jumbo Jet Near-Miss Over JFK, LaGuardia Investigated by FAA

Friday, 21 Jun 2013 10:24 AM

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near-miss by two airplanes, one a jumbo jet, over JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York City.

The FAA said in a statement on Friday that a Delta Airlines Boeing 747 arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport came close to a Shuttle America Embraer E170 departing from LaGuardia Airport around 3:45 p.m. June 13, The Associated Press reported.

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The aircraft were "turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required separation," the FAA said. Both aircraft landed safely.

The aircraft were separated by four tenths of a mile horizontally and just 200 feet vertically at their closest point, CBS News reported

David Kaminski-Morrow, air transport editor for Flight International, told CBS News that all aircraft are supposed to be kept a specific horizontal and vertical distance apart from each other, and it's technically an infringement if they breach those boundaries by any margin.

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