2 Planes Barely Miss Each Other Over New York

They reportedly came within 200 feet of each other in June incident

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 21, 2013 12:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – The FAA is investigating an incident in which two planes came frighteningly close to one another in the air over New York City, NBC 4 reports. The June 13 incident occurred when a Delta 747 missed its approach at JFK airport and circled around again—in the process running afoul of a Shuttle America regional jet that was just taking off from LaGuardia. The two planes were, at one point, only 200 feet apart, a federal official says.

"The two aircraft were turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required amount of separation," the FAA said in a statement. It's unclear why the Delta plane missed its landing in the first place.

A Delta connection airplane approaches LaGuardia airport, in New York, Aug. 28, 2012.
A Delta connection airplane approaches LaGuardia airport, in New York, Aug. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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