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FAA investigates near collission in Alaska

October 10, 2011, 04:13 pm

According to The Associated Press, the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident that took place in the air over Wasilla, Alaska, last Septamber when a small airplane nearly collided with a cargo plane.

On September 20, the source notes, student pilot Devon Copple and her instructor Heidi Ruess were returning to an airport in Anchorage following a training session that focused on in-air maneuvers and landing procedures. Copple told the source that at about 2,200 feet over the Alaskan landscape, a large airplane passed over her single engine Cessna, coming within approximately 100 feet. The larger aircraft turned out to be a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, a military transport with a wingspan of about 170 feet and a payload of between 585,000 and 170,900 pounds, according to the U.S. Air Force.

While the women in the Cessna claim that the C-17 nearly collided with them, military officials say the two aircraft were never less than 500 feet apart.

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