Near-collision at O'Hare under FAA inquiry

August 10, 2000

BY LUCIO GUERRERO STAFF REPORTER

The FAA is investigating a near collision on one of O'Hare Airport's runways following an incident Sunday where one plane may have taken off without clearance.

Investigators said preliminary reports show that a United Airlines flight to Hong Kong came within a few hundred feet of an American Eagle plane that was taking off around 12:59 p.m.

The planes were between 100 to 400 feet apart when the incident occurred.