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Two planes in near miss at JFK.

Summary: An investigation has been launched after a plane started to taxi onto a runway as another plane was taking off in New York.

A jet carrying 286 passengers was forced to slam on the brakes and abort a take-off after another plane began taxiing toward the same runway, US aviation officials have said.

Lufthansa Flight 411 was cleared for take-off and EgyptAir Flight 986 was instructed to stay behind a "hold line" 250 feet behind the runway at Kennedy Airport in New York on Monday evening.

In radio recordings posted on the website, a controller in the JFK tower is heard giving take-off clearance to the Lufthansa flight while another controller directs the EgyptAir plane.

"Cancel take-off, cancel take-off plans!" a controller shouts to the Lufthansa jet.

The Lufthansa plane, an Airbus A340, slammed on its brakes and came to a stop.

"That was quite a show. Thought it was going to be a short career," a pilot who witnessed the incident remarked on the radio.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are looking at "pilot deviation" because the EgyptAir plane, a Boeing 777, did not follow air traffic instructions.

The FAA is investigating and will determine how close the two planes came to crashing into each other.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Date:Jun 25, 2011
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