Last month, a Delta airliner and a small plane came “close range” in Orlando. FAA is investigating the incident

(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration said last month that it was investigating an incident in which a Cessna single-engine jet and a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 came “near” each other at Orlando Airport.

The fly-by occurred as the plane departed Orlando International Airport on Aug. 17, the FAA said in a statement.

“Cessna departed from Runway 36-Left shortly before Delta was cleared to depart from Runway 35-Left,” the statement said.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware, Delta Air Lines Flight 1373 was en route to Atlanta.

The FAA said preliminary information indicated the planes were about three-tenths of a mile apart horizontally and 500 feet vertically. At 500 feet, the aircraft was about 1.5 football fields away.

“The pilots of both aircraft reported seeing the other aircraft,” the agency said.

Delta Air Lines said it was aware of an “aircraft report” near the airport and was investigating the incident. “Nothing is more important than safety,” the airline said.

It is unclear whether the horizontal and vertical distances quoted by the FAA violate the FAA’s air traffic control protocols.

In an interview with ABC News, Cessna pilot Malik Clark said he saw a Delta aircraft on the runway. “I thought he landed because there was no way an air traffic controller could put us in that situation,” he told the network.
When he saw Delta Air Lines take off, Clark told ABC News it didn’t look right. “I immediately turned right and climbed as deep as I could because the Delta Boeing 757 had a much higher rate of climb than the aircraft I was flying,” he said. in an interview.

CNN reached out to Clark, but he has yet to respond.

CNN has also reached out to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for comment on the incident.

CNN’s Amanda Jackson and Sharif Paget contributed to this report.


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