Air safety over Hoboken – A near miss?

Was this an airline near miss over Hoboken?

Air safety concerns in Hoboken NJ after apparent near miss - Air safety over Hoboken - A near miss?Hoboken has had it’s share of airspace calamities over the past few years. The US Airways Flight 1549 splash landing, then the helicopter plane collision – it seems as if the airspace over Hoboken is getting more and more crowded and for longer periods throughout the day.

Constant noise and traffic in fact. I’m sure the observant readers would agree wholeheartedly.

Last Friday afternoon as I was walking down Hudson Street – something odd caught my attention.

It was two planes almost following each other. I quickly grabbed my camera and took pictures as soon as I could. As you can see from the gallery below – it appeared that they came within just a couple hundred feet of one another!

Does it look like a near miss to you?

Optical illusion or too close for comfort?

Of course, my eyes could be playing tricks on me – and the altitude could have been substantially different to the point where there was never a safety concern. Only had a few seconds to see it live.

But looking closer at the photos – the planes don’t seem that far apart – and I’m wondering if I should submit this information to the FAA?

Would you?

airline near miss over Hoboken NJ - Air safety over Hoboken - A near miss?

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:37 pm

from the ATC: 1000 feet vertical is normal. Also if the pilot saw the other aircraft and maintained visual separation then it is up to the pilot to judge how close is safe.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:05 pm

I think it’s just a matter of perspective. Unless Donald Margolis was the Air Traffic controller assigned to these planes.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:38 am

been like this for years.. worry about the air traffic regard choppers flying to and from nyc to take people on tours A/C etc .Was never like this 25 Years ago.Air traffic control is a nasty job concerning commercial flights..We are in the Metropolitan area..btn three major airports..Hang the garlic outside your door..we reside in the hub..get use to it..It’s not going to change…Pray for the best..peace.[quote comment=”220695″]I think it’s just a matter of perspective. Unless Donald Margolis was the Air Traffic controller assigned to these planes.[/quote]

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:04 pm

Here’s the response from the ATC: Looking at the pictures in that article and having no other information, it looks as though the one on the left in the front is a thousand feet above the other plane. Also the weather is very nice and I am sure that the controller issued traffic and
the back aircraft had the front one in sight. In close proximity to the airport aircraft are surprisingly close together to the casual observer and one thousand feet of altitude is not very much when you are viewing from an angle or at a distance.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:45 pm

You got me curious….so I submitted the link to one of our Air Traffic Controller “BigHeads”…to see what he thinks. Will let you know what I hear back….

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