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FAA investigating jets' near-miss over NYC

By WKTV News

NEW YORK (AP) - Details are emerging about a close call in the skies over New York City last week.

The Federal Aviation Administration says a Delta Air Lines Boeing 747 arriving at Kennedy Airport came close to a Shuttle America flight departing from LaGuardia.

The planes were about a half-mile apart horizontally and 200 feet vertically. 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 says the aircraft were in the process of "turning away from each other" at the point where they got too close to each other. Both landed safely.

Both airlines say they will have more details soon.

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