NEW YORK, July 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration officials say they have changed take-off and landing
procedures at New York's Kennedy Airport after two near collisions.
Air traffic controllers working at Kennedy and a nearby
regional control center said the first incident happened last week
when a Cayman Airways jet and a LAN Chile airliner came close to
colliding while using perpendicular runways at Kennedy, but the FAA
denied there was a problem, The New York Daily News reported
FAA officials were at the Kennedy International Airport
tower investigating that incident when another one happened Friday
on the same two Kennedy runways, the newspaper said, this time
involving a Delta Airlines flight and a regional jet.
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the latest incident also
did not meet its criteria for a "near collision," but did say the
agency has changed takeoff and landing procedures for the airport's
Barrett Byrnes, a spokesman for Kennedy's air traffic
controllers, told the Daily News the FAA's moves were "wonderful
even though they're late. We've been trying to change (the JFK
procedures) since the mid-1990s."