The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a harrowing near-miss involving American Airlines and Delta flights over Syracuse, New York. Captured on a police dash camera, the footage shows the planes coming within just 725 feet of each other at their closest point. The incident occurred on Monday due to an air traffic control error that allowed one plane to take off from Syracuse Hancock International Airport while the other was cleared to land on the same runway.

Experts suggest that while the flights were not on an actual collision course, the dangerously close proximity has raised significant safety concerns. The Delta flight carried 76 passengers, and the American Airlines flight had 75. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but the close call has spotlighted the need to review and possibly revise air traffic control procedures.  

The FAA aims to uncover the root cause of the error and implement measures to prevent similar incidents in the future. A spokesperson mentioned that an air traffic controller instructed PSA Airlines 5511 to execute a go-around maneuver to avoid the departing aircraft on the same runway. The incident has been widely circulated on social media, amplifying public concern over air travel safety.

Local reports confirm the Delta Connection flight was taking off just as an American Eagle flight was preparing to land. The swift response by the air traffic controller likely prevented a more severe outcome. The FAA's ongoing investigation will focus on how such a critical mistake occurred and ensure enhanced safety protocols moving forward.  

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