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FAA investigates: NYC dodges disaster as planes nearly collide

- The Washington Times - Friday, June 21, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the recent near-miss of two airplanes that flew above New York City.

In a statement reported Thursday, the agency said a Delta Airlines Boeing 747 that was en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport on June 13 "lost the required amount of separation" with a Shuttle America Embraer E170 that was leaving LaGuardia Airport.

"The two aircraft were turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required separation," the FAA said, NBC reported.

Both craft ultimately landed safely. But a source said to NBC that the planes came within 100 feet of each other.

FAA officials wouldn't confirm the distance, NBC said.

The unnamed source to NBC also said that the Delta pilot missed his mark on approach and ended up flying in the same direction as the Shuttle America craft.

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