FAA investigating near mid-air plane collision in New York

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a near collision of two airplanes over New York City.

The agency said Friday it was investigating whether two planes lost their “required separation” on June 13 as one was preparing to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and another was taking off from the city’s LaGuardia Airport.

The FAA said passengers on both of the airplanes were never in danger.

“The two aircraft were turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required separation,” the agency said in a statement. “Both aircraft landed safely.” 

A Boeing 747 operated by Delta Airlines and an Embraer E170 regional airplane flown by Shuttle America Airlines were involved, the agency said.

The FAA said the pilot of the 747, which was landing at JFK, realized there was a problem and decided to abort his initial landing and try again. The agency said the maneuver was a common procedure that is known as a “missed approach.”