Two planes in near miss collision above New York City

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Two planes in near-miss collision above New York City


Two planes came dangerously close to one another while one took off and the other landed at two New York airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident which took place on 13 June and saw a Delta Airlines Boeing 747 arriving at JFK Airport come close to a Shuttle America Embraer E170 departing from LaGuardia Airport at around 3.45pm, New York Daily News reports.

The FAA said the planes were "turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required separation."

According to CBS Local, the aircraft were about half a mile apart horizontally and 200 feet vertically.

The FAA requires planes to keep 1,000 feet of vertical distance and three miles of horizontal distance.

CBS Local reports that the FAA categorised the incident as a "near miss".

It was not clear how many people were on board the planes but the BBC reports that both landed safely.

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