The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the two jets were “turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required separation.” Both planes did land safely.
The planes were about a half-mile apart horizontally and 200 feet vertically, the FAA said. The required separation is 3 miles horizontally or a thousand feet vertically.
Delta declined to give details, including the number of passengers on board, pending the FAA investigation. The Shuttle America jet was operating as a Delta Connection flight and is equipped for 69 people. The Delta 747 can hold 376 passengers.
Jason Rabinowitz, editor of the aviation news website NYC Aviation, said:
“The traffic controllers did a very good job,” he told The Associated Press, noting that traffic is extremely heavy at the two airports. “It was handled very well. … They did take immediate action to prevent anything from happening in very unusual circumstances.”