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Wednesday
Jun222011

Planes Narrowly Avoid Collision at New York's JFK Airport

Goodshot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Federal aviation officials are investigating after two planes nearly collided on the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday.

A Lufthansa jumbo jet carrying 286 passengers was speeding for takeoff, approaching 180 miles per hour, when an EgyptAir plane -- capable of carrying 346 people -- took a wrong turn onto its runway.

The Luftansa pilots had to slam on the breaks -- stopping so hard, they worried the aircraft's brakes had become dangerously overheated.

The Lufthansa flight eventually took off and arrived safely in Munich.

Sources tell the New York Post it appears the EgyptAir crew simply took a wrong turn.

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