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 User
Posted Jun 21, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
A Delta connection airplane approaches LaGuardia airport, in New York, Aug. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(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.

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Jun 22, 2013 12:26 PM CDT
Remember Obummer's sequester? He said there would be less Air Traffic Controlers if he couldn't screw the country out of more money.
Jun 21, 2013 8:49 PM CDT
Air traffic logistics.... Wouldn't want the job anymore than working for the NSA.
Jun 21, 2013 5:47 PM CDT
Missed approaches are a common part of flying for the pilots, this article is trash. Granted they had 200 feet vertical separation, but 3000 feet horizontal when their flight paths cleared each other. Much ado about nothing. Most ATC Controllers are quite sharp, however there are the lost ones, but they are usually sent to Class C airports or washed out. It must have been a slow day for the AP.