FAA investigating jets' near-miss over NYC

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Associated Press

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 9:34 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near-miss by two airplanes over New York City.

The FAA said in a statement Friday that a Delta Air Lines Boeing 747 arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport came close to a Shuttle America Embraer E170 departing from LaGuardia Airport at around 2:40 p.m. on June 13.

The FAA says the planes were about a half-mile apart horizontally and 200 feet vertically. The required separation is 3 miles horizontally or a thousand feet vertically.

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

Delta declined to give any details, pending the FAA investigation. The Shuttle America flight was operating as a Delta Connection flight.

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