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Midair scare: FAA probes near-miss between jets over New York City

June 21, 2013 at 4:18 AM ET

A near-miss between two aircraft over New York City is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA said in a statement issued Thursday that a Delta Airlines Boeing 747 arriving at Kennedy Airport “lost the required amount of separation” with a Shuttle America Embraer E170 leaving LaGuardia Airport.

“The two aircraft were turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required separation. Both aircraft landed safely,” it added.

In the incident, which happened at 3:45 p.m. on June 13, the Delta flight missed its approach and ended up traveling in the same direction as the Shuttle America plane, NBCNewYork.com reported.

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

The Associated Press andNBC's Jay Blackman contributed to this report.


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