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FAA investigating airplanes' near-miss over NYC

1 was landing at JFK and 1 leaving LaGuardia

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

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 said in a statement today.

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 agency isn’t sure if a warning system went off alerting the pilots of the problem.

The FAA said 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, including the number of passengers on board, pending the FAA investigation.

The Shuttle America jet was operating as a Delta Connection flight and is equipped for 69 people. The Delta 747 can hold 376 passengers.

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