Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Close Call: Two Planes Come Within 100 Feet of Each Other

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jun 21, 2013 11:14 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

 Delta Airlines aircraft
A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after the windshield cracked mid-flight.(Photo : Reuters)

Two planes had a very close call recently. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating how two planes came just 100 feet within each other over John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A Delta Airlines Boeing 747 arriving at JFK came very  close to a Shuttle America Embraer E170 departing from LaGuardia Airport around 3.45pm on June 13 according to the Daily Mail.

Share This Story

The Delta flight had missed its approach and wound up going int he same direction as the Shuttle America plane. The two planes were turning away from each other when they came too close for comfort. It is not clear why the Delta pilot failed to complete the landing.

According to NBC New York, air traffic controllers tried to turn the Delta flight away from the other planes, but it broke the required distance away from the Embraer. One source said that the planes were just 100 feet away from each other but the FAA wouldn't confirm this.

A recording of the communication between the control tower and the Delta plane shows that the controller tried to give the Delta flight a warning.

"172 heavy are you turning?' the controller says with urgency in his voice. 'Delta 172, Heavy traffic, 12 o'clock, 1400 ft Embraer, 1600 ft," he says, telling the pilots the other plane's position.
"Ok, we've got them on the fish finder here," the pilot says before saying they were turning.

Both of the planes landed without issue. It is not clear if the planes were full, but the Embraer can carry up to 70 passengers while the Delta flight could carry 370.

This is just one of many mistakes that the FAA has recorded in recent years. There were 1,234 operational errors in 2009 and it jumped to 1,887 in 2010. It was even higher in 2011 at 1,895. Of the 2011 reports, 50 of them were close calls like this one.

 

© 2014 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

ADVERTISEMENT

Travel Tips

Hostel

What to Look for in the Best Hostel Deals

A frugal traveler knows not only how to book the cheapest flights but also how to find the best hostel deals in town. It is easy to grab the first hotel accommodation you spot upon arrival especially if you are not familiar with the area. But with a few research prior to your travel, you can spare yourself from the hassle of false advertisement and unnecessary expenses.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Vladimir Putin

India 10 Nuclear Reactors To Be Realised With Help, Support From Russian President Vladimir Putin: Report

Vladimir Putin has promised India that he will help build 10 nuclear reactors in the Asian country.

Fire At Crathorne Hall

9 Dead House Fire Incident In Kentucky Repeats, 4 Dead 5 Escape From Connecticut House Fire

9 dead house fire incident in Kentucky was reported early in the year. However, it looks like history has repeated itself before the end of the year. Another family has been involved in a tragic house fire killing four whereas five miraculously escape.

Phoenicids Meteor Shower observed for the first time in 58 years

Phoenicids Meteor Shower: First Spectacular Sighting After 58 Years

Phoenicids Meteor Shower – The historical meteor shower was finally recorded by a team of Japanese experts over the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in 58 years. The Phoenicids Meteor Shower was first discovered by a Japanese Antarctic expedition in 1956.

Police Chief Chris Magnus Joins Protest Against Police Brutality

Police Chief Chris Magnus Protests Against Police Violence Gets Attention From Public

Police Chief Chris Magnus is protesting against police violence and he may be sending a clear message to all. On Tuesday, Police Chief Chris Magnus protested alongside the many people who have gathered at MacDonald Avenue at 41st Street, echoing their call for authorities to stop using violence in communities of color.

California Storm Strongest In 5 Years Causes

California Storm: Updates, Strongest In 5 Years Causes Power Outage, Flooding, Severe Damage, Ends Drought But Won't Restore Reservoirs?

The powerful California storm that struck its Northern region Thursday is has caused power outages to to tens of thousands, as well as soaked the region with much-needed rain, albeit flooding, reports the Associated Press. While the California storm may have ended the most intense drought California has seen, it is reportedly not enough to restore the state’s reservoirs.

Check out the beaches in Darwin for some adventure.

Sunshine Destination for the Holidays: Darwin, Australia

If you are tired of shoveling snow or just sick of the cold, maybe it is time to think about spending the holidays somewhere warm. Darwin is a small town in Northern Australia that offers beaches, culture, and best of all 90 degree temperatures.

the Northern Lights

Why Iceland Is The Perfect Place for Adventurers of All Levels

We all like to go adventures now and then. Some of us are intrepid travelers ready for anything, while some of us prefer a place with a little less uncertainty. Iceland is different enough to provide the thrill and adventure we all seek, but is familiar enough to not scare people away.

Canadian Flag

Canada Poultry Imports To US Suspended Because Of Bird Flu, Says US Department Of Agriculture Chief Veterinary Officer

Canadian poultry imports to the United States have been suspended because of the ongoing bird flu outbreak that has already led to the isolation of five farms in Canada.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2014 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics