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Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Double Trouble for Private Jet

Trouble came in twos for a corporate jet involved in a frightening double near-collision approaching Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

Federal safety probers last week released an account of the Oct. 20 incident involving a Cessna Citation jet operated by a Connecticut company, CitationAir, and two other planes. As the CitationAir jet approached Teterboro from the north, controllers ordered it to turn to the left to keep it out of the way of a Falcon jet behind it registered to a company in the Netherlands.

As the CitationAir jet made its left turn, the Falcon, roaring up from behind, flew within six-tenths of a mile past it. As the CitationAir jet continued its turn, it came within a half-mile of a third jet, also a Citation, registered to an Ohio company.

All the planes landed safely, and no injuries were reported from the incident, which is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. The CitationAir plane was equipped with a warning system designed to avert midair collisions, said Bill Schultze, the company