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Two planes narrowly avoid colliding in Houston

United flights 437 and 601 were southeast of the airport in Houston when they narrowly avoiding colliding due to an error by air traffic control.

The two planes were both leaving the United States, one heading to Mexico City and one to Vancouver, and air traffic control told one by mistake to turn right instead of left. This put the one aircraft directly in the path of the other, only 120 meters (about 393 feet) below it.

Passengers on the plane had no idea how close they came to a fatal collision.

The FAA is investigating the incident, but according to an aviation safety expert, near-misses are not always reported to the FAA, nor to the media, so people have no idea how serious the problem actually is.

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