Planes Fly Too Close, But Not Too, Too Close

AP Headline: 2nd near collision at JFK airport

AP story: The agency said it was not classifying either incident as a “near collision” because there was no violation of standards for how apart planes can fly, Brown said.

Hey, I understand how these things happen with headlines. It’s hard to summarize a complex story in just a few words for a headline, and I know that as an editor I’ve screwed it up often enough.

In fact, the story is about planes flying too close together. Just not “near-collision” close.


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