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Another Close Air Encounter Reported

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CHAPEL HILL — Close encounters in the sky are causingconcern among this country's air travelers. Last week, military planeschased two commercial flights over east coast air space. Now, reports ofa third incident -- with a twist -- is adding to those worries.

Roy Roth of Chapel Hill was on a USAir flight from Boston toPhiladelphia on Friday when, he says, the pilot was coming in at a gentleglide, then suddenly accelerated to bring the planeup. But Roth says the strangest thing was the report from the pilot.

Roth says the passengers were told on landing that the plane had toavoid a parachutist.

The FAA confirms that an incident occurred at 4:10 Fridayafternoon involving USAir flight 969, which was the one on which Rothwas traveling.

There's no word on whether the parachutist involved was military orcivilian.

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