The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near-miss in the air over central Queens on June 13 involving a Delta Airlines jet inbound to John F. Kennedy International Airport and a Shuttle America plane that had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport.
According to a statement issued by the FAA, the incident took place at 2:40 p.m. when the Delta jet, a Boeing 747, lost the required amount of separation from the Embraer E-170.
The Delta plane, which published reports said was inbound from Japan, had been cleared by the Kennedy tower to land on Runway 4-Left when the pilot made the decision to abort the landing and go around. The FAA calls such a maneuver a missed approach.
While going around, the jumbo jet lost the minimum distance it should have had between itself and the plane that had just taken off from LaGuardia’s Runway 13.
Published reports said the aircraft came came less than half a mile of each other horizontally and about 200 feet vertically.
The FAA did not confirm those figures.
Both jets landed safely.