Two Planes Nearly Collide Near Syracuse Airport

Two jets carrying 159 people narrowly avoided disaster above Syracuse Airport

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation after two commercial airliners came dangerously close to colliding mid-air in upstate New York on Monday. Dashcam footage captured the moment the planes crossed paths.

The incident occurred in the skies above Syracuse Hancock International Airport on Monday morning, as American Airlines flight 5511 was preparing to land, and Delta Air Lines flight 5421 was taking off from the same runway. The two Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft were carrying a total of 159 passengers.

Dashcam footage recorded by a police car on the ground showed the jets rapidly converging on each other’s flight paths, before the American Airlines pilot swerved to avoid the plane ascending below him.

Both planes were cleared to use Runway 28 at the airport, according to air traffic control audio posted on As the jets approached each other, a different voice inquired about the clearance for takeoff on runway 28. The controller then instructed the American pilot to “go around.”

According to CBS News, the American Airlines pilot climbed before turning right, a move that caused the plane to lose some altitude. After the turn, flight 5511 was just 675 feet (205 meters) above flight 5421, and 425 feet (129 meters) off its intended path.

The FAA stated on Wednesday that it was investigating the incident, and Delta confirmed to CBS that it would cooperate with the probe. American Airlines acknowledged the investigation, but declined to comment.

The near-miss is the latest in a string of incidents at American airports. On Monday, a United Airlines Boeing 757 lost a wheel as it took off from Los Angeles International Airport, before ultimately landing safely in Denver, Colorado. Back in January, a Boeing 737 MAX 9 operated by Alaska Airlines lost a section of its fuselage in mid air shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon. The company’s output plummeted as multiple other   were made public in the months since.