2008_07_airtraff.jpgAir traffic controllers say two planes were within 100 feet of colliding at JFK Airport this past weekend.

The FAA is investigating (it hasn't heard of such an incident yet), and a spokesperson for one of the airlines allegedly involved said the claim from air traffic controllers was "false." However, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says the incident occurred on Saturday, between two passengers planes on runways perpendicular to each other. According to the NATCA's spokesman, an air traffic controller "ordered the inbound pilot to take a hard left and the outbound a hard right, avoiding a collision."

Last December, two planes, a small commuter jet and a cargo plane, reportedly almost collided; they were both on JFK Airport's perpendicular runways. Previously, Senator Chuck Schumer has criticized the FAA for understaffing air traffic control towers.