Tue, Jul 08, 2008
Cayman Airways Denies Involvement In Incident
The National Transportation Safety Board says it is
investigating a near midair collision in New York City, in which
two airliners came in close proximity to one another.
On July 5, 2008, 8:36 pm eastern daylight time, Cayman Airways
flight 792, a Boeing 737-300, and a Linea Aerea Nacional de Chile
flight 533, Boeing 767-300, almost collided at New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport (JFK), according to initial
The NTSB states the Cayman Airways flight, on approach to runway
22L, was executing a missed approach and conflicted with the Linea
Aeroea Navional de Chile flight that was departing runway 13R.
Tower controllers intervened to attempt to resolve the conflict,
assigning both aircraft diverging headings.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the two planes came no
closer 300 feet vertically, and no more than a half-mile
horizontally. That account differs from the one given by air
traffic controllers, however;
as ANN reported, controllers say the two jets
came within 100 feet vertically and much closer than a half-mile
The closest proximity of the two aircraft has not yet been
determined, reports the NTSB. At the time of the incident, the
weather was VFR with six miles visibility and haze.
In related news, Cayman Airways has said it "is refuting" media
reports that one of its planes was involved in the near-miss
incident. The airline cites a statement by the National Air Traffic
Association, that the Cayman Airways 737 executed a routine go
around on approach.
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