Delta and Shuttle America Jets Involved in Near Miss Over New York

Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400

Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400

A Delta Airlines 747 and a Shuttle America Embraer 170 jet were involved in a near miss over the skies near JFK and LaGuardia airports last week, according to reports and an investigation by the FAA.

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.”



  1. David Barnshaw says

    The Stress on the New York airspace controllers must be very worrying as that area is the busiest in the world,let’s hope that new technology make these events a thing of the past.

  2. LHR says

    I doubt that its worst then at EGLL/LHR…ATC controllers are trained for the job and stress should not be excuse in my opinion.

  3. Richard Wyeroski says

    The new technology will have no effect on air traffic any where. Aircraft are separated by three miles each. That equates to one a minute landing on a runway.

    The real problem is not enough runways and not enough controllers.

    The costs are staggering and it amazes me we do not have more incidents like this every day

    thank you,

  4. TP Clark says

    You’re telling me both aircrafts TCAS systems were malfunctioning.
    And I say BS, people are flying with their heads up and locked.

  5. TP Clark says

    1.Transponders have many tasks one is to support the TCAS system.
    2.TCAS was invented to aid pilots in avoiding mid-airs in and out of congested areas. So it seems to me that flying in and or out of JFK & LaGuardia airports it would be a no brainer.
    3.I’m not sure of South American procedures pertaining to flights and TCAS, but it’s again obvious that if both aircraft were using TCAS there wouldn’t have been a tragedy.

    • LHR says

      2. Yes it is one but it is possible to ACCIDENTALLY turn off the TCAS system with out the pilots knowledge (read the GOL1907 report of watch the MAYDAY/Air Emergencies/… about it).
      3. The GOL flight had his TCAS on but the ERJ’s was off (accidentally) so it the GOL’s was useless…and the ERJ was manned by a US crew.

  6. says

    I recall that near certain airports, (DFW, LAX, etc) that there are so MANY acft on the TCAS, that guys would turn it off because of all the TAs (Traffic Advisories). It got to be too distracting and it takes your eyes away from where they NEED to be and that’s looking outside the cockpit!

    I’ve also seen too many guys with the heads down and playing with the Flight Management System (FMS)so in reality, their heads are “Down and Locked!

  7. brian says

    the combination of a rw 22l landing at jfk and I assume a coney climb out of lga always has the potential for a situation to occur especially on go arounds.which I don’t believe there ever was a reason given for dal 747.

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