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(NEW YORK) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near-miss incident between two planes near Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The close call occurred on May 9 around 9:30 p.m., according to the FAA, after an air traffic controller gave incorrect instructions for one aircraft to turn right instead of left. The planes were 0.87 miles apart at their closest range.

The agency is taking steps to prevent such incidents in the future, officials said. Still, the FAA maintains that they haven’t identified any similarities among recent events to link them together.

More than 130 million air traffic operations are handled each year, and 99.99 percent occurr normally, an FAA statement reads.

“Even with the large increase in data collections, the number of events identified as high risk has remained low,” officials said.

In 2012, the agency pinpointed 41 high-risk events and implemented “corrective actions” to address the issue, including retraining and outreach to pilots.

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