The ‘Near Midair Collision’ at the Newark Airport Prompts FAA to Take Action

Friday, May 23, 2014
By George Hatcher

The April 24’s incident where two passenger planes were noticed to be in a near-collision situation midair at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, has led to changes in the landing and takeoff protocols of the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in recent statement, “The FAA has investigated the recent air traffic incident at Newark and has taken steps to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.”

According to the new rules administered by the FAA, the east-west Runway 29 will not be used for arrivals simultaneously with another plane taking off from north-south Runway 4R.

On April 24, a United flight and an ExpressJet flight came at a distance of 200 feet horizontally at the intersection of these two runways. The NTSB’s initial report termed the incident as ‘a near midair collision’.

This post is an update of: Two Passenger Planes ‘Nearly Collided’ Midair in New Jersey Says NTSB’s Report

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