WHY ARE WE JUST HEARING THIS NOW? IT HAPPENED LAST MONTH!

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INVESTIGATORS: PLANES NEARLY COLLIDED NEAR NEWARK

BY DAVID PORTER,  ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A preliminary federal report says two planes nearly collided over Newark Liberty Airport last month.

The National Transportation Safety Board report classifies it as a near midair collision.

The report estimates that a landing Boeing 737 operated by United Airlines was about 200 feet laterally from a Memphis-bound ExpressJet flight that was taking off on an intersecting runway. The planes were about 400 feet apart vertically.

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