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Jets avoid collision by a minute, NTSB says

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Fri August 29 2008, 04:40 PM
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Jets avoid collision by a minute, NTSB says
Jets avoid collision by a minute, NTSB says
Delta, Russian jets were headed toward each other in Caribbean

Cockpit alarms sound, Russian pilot descends to miss Delta jet

Planes were 33,000 feet over water about 180 miles north of San Juan


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal authorities say two airliners were a minute away from colliding when they turned away from each other over the Caribbean this week.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Delta Air Lines flight and a Russian-registered passenger jet were heading toward each other north of Puerto Rico on Thursday when cockpit alarms went off.

In a statement Friday, the NTSB said the pilot of the Russian plane -- a Transaero Boeing 737 -- descended 200 to 300 feet to avoid Delta Flight 485.

The planes were 33,000 feet over the water and about 180 miles north of San Juan. The Delta aircraft was headed from New York's Kennedy International Airport to Port of Spain, Trinidad.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/29/airliners.near.collisi....html?eref=rss_world