Three near-misses by commercial airplanes in the past month may have some passengers nervous about flying, but the odds of staying safe still favor flying over driving, boating or taking a train.
Federal Aviation Administration officials announced that they are investigating a near-miss by two United Airlines jets at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport on May 9. The aircraft came within less than a mile of each other, and 400 feet in altitude.
A second incident at Newark Liberty International Airport on April 24 involved a commuter plane and a United Boeing 737 that just missed each other while one was landing and the other taxiing on the runway.
There were 4,394 near-misses in the year ending Sept. 1, 2012, according to an FAA report reported by CNN. Forty-one incidents were characterized as "high-risk events." None resulted in accidents. In the year ending Sept. 1, 2011, there were 1,895 such incidents, according to the FAA.
Some passengers note, however, that not all near-misses are quickly reported. Kevin Townsend was on a United Boeing 757 flight returning from Hawaii to California on April 25 when his airplane narrowly averted a head-on collision with a USAirways jet at 33,000 feet.