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Planes Get a Bit Close Over Indiana

I’ve seen this story a number of places, generally with a headline that suggests a near collision (not true):

A Midwest Airlines regional jet and a United Express aircraft got too close to each other after an air traffic controller lost track of the United plane.  Aircraft should remain 5 miles apart horizontally and 1000 feet apart vertically, but these planes were only 1.3 miles and 600 feet apart.  While the USA Today blog described this incident as "harrowing," the pilots actually said it was a non-event, and that passengers didn’t even notice the maneuver they did to get out of the way of the other plane.

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