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Mar 30, 2010 7:37 PM

Near collision near San Francisco

Federal investigators are looking into a near collision over San Francisco between a commercial jet and a small airplane that came within 300 feet of each other.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are looking at Saturday's near-miss between United Airlines Flight 889 to Beijing, China, and a light-wing airplane. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says air traffic controllers cleared the United flight for takeoff Saturday morning and quickly spotted a Cessna 182 flying south.  The controller radioed both pilots and the jet's traffic collision avoidance system alerted, causing the jet pilot to level the plane's climb.  Gregor says the controller should have noticed the Cessna earlier, and FAA is taking "strong measures to make sure something similar does not occur in the future."

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