Newark runways a focus after near-midair collision

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The close call between two planes at Newark Liberty International Airport last month has focused attention on the airport’s intersecting runways.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently classified the April 24 incident between a United flight coming from San Francisco and an ExpressJet flight taking off for Memphis, Tennessee, as a near midair collision. The planes came within about 200 feet laterally of each other and 400 feet vertically.

The NTSB report said an air traffic controller told the incoming plane to abort its landing or “go around.” The report doesn’t speculate on what caused the planes to come so close.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to release a statement on the incident. The FAA has studied the intersecting runways at Newark in recent years.

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