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Pilot error leads to halted takeoff

NEW YORK (AP) -- A jet carrying 286 passengers was ordered to halt takeoff earlier this week at John F. Kennedy International Airport when another plane's pilot failed to follow instructions, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. Lufthansa Flight 411 was cleared for takeoff and EgyptAir Flight 986 was instructed to stay behind a "hold line," 250 feet behind the runway, at 6:50 p.m. Monday, said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. The EgyptAir failed to stay behind the line, but did not enter the runway, she said.

After an air traffic warning to halt the flight, the Lufthansa plane slammed on its brakes and came to a stop.

EgyptAir officials said they had no knowledge of the incident.

The Lufthansa flight was heading to Munich, said spokesman Martin Riecken.

After the takeoff was halted, the captain returned to the gate for a maintenance check while the passengers remained on the plane. The fight departed about two hours later, Riecken said.

The New York Post reported that the EgyptAir flight was bound for Cairo. It departed about 90 minutes after the incident.



New traffic limits eyed at site of fatal crash

ALBANY (AP) -- New York officials are considering a ban on commercial vehicles using the Onondaga Lake Parkway in Syracuse because of the low railroad bridge where a bus crash killed four people last year.

There are already height limits covering trucks and buses on the stretch of Route 370 between I-81 downtown and Liverpool, but the state is asking for comment by July 19 on a proposal to exclude them to improve safety.

There have been numerous accidents involving vehicles too tall for the CSX bridge.

The fatal Megabus crash in September has led to a number of changes on the highway, including better warning signs and tougher traffic enforcement.



Famed bagel shop to close its doors

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City bagel store that's been featured on TV shows such as "Seinfeld" and "Friends" is shutting its doors.

The H&H Bagels store on Manhattan's Upper West Side has been a city institution since 1972. But the Wall Street Journal reports the store's awning advertising bagels "like no other bagel in the world" was removed Tuesday.

An H&H employee who answered the phone Wednesday said the store would close for good Monday but didn't say why.

There's another H&H location where the bagels are baked on Manhattan's West Side, near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. It will remain open.

H&H owner Helmer Toro faced state tax charges in 2009. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to spend 50 weekends in jail and pay more than $500,000 in restitution.

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