Newark runways a focus after near-midair collision

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Updated: 5/20/2014 1:44 pm

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 as a near midair collision. The planes came within approximately 200 feet laterally and 400 feet vertically.

According to the report, 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 was expected to release a statement Tuesday on the incident. The FAA has studied the intersecting runways at Newark in recent years.

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