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Singapore Airlines plane in near miss at Houston

A Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane leaving Houston flew too close to another aircraft on Friday, resulting in a near collision.

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane leaving Houston flew too close to another aircraft on Friday, resulting in a near collision.

NBC News said the SIA flight took off from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport shortly before 7 pm in the US on Thursday, which was Friday in Singapore.

The SIA pilot did not level off when he reached 4,000 feet as required, resulting in the aircraft being less than 2,000 feet away from a Delta Air Lines plane that was preparing to land in Houston, NBC said.

When contacted, an SIA spokesman confirmed "there was a loss of separation" involving an SIA Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and another plane in Houston.

Flight SQ61 had departed Houston on July 3 and arrived safely in Moscow on July 4. There were 235 passengers and 18 crew on board.

"Investigations are taking place and as a result we regret we are not able to provide any additional info," he said. 

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