FAA: Plane flies too close to Continental jet at IAH

July 31, 2010 5:29:42 AM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration says a small plane got too close to a Continental jet as it was approaching Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

No one was injured. But FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the Continental Express Flight 2979 jet had to climb 300 feet to avoid the single-engine experimental aircraft on Friday afternoon.

Lunsford says the Continental jet passed over the small plane and landed normally. He says the Continental pilot estimated he came within 100 feet of the small aircraft.

Lunsford says the pilot of the small plane says the navigation equipment wasn't working properly.

Continental's website says Flight 2979 was flying to Houston from Kansas City. The FAA is investigating.


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