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Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

'Near midair collision' at Newark airport prompts new air traffic rules

Last month's near collision between two aircraft at Newark airport has prompted new rules in take-off and landing procedures at the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said planes taking off and landing at the same time will no longer be able to use intersecting runways.

A report by investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board said the April 24 incident involving a United flight from San Francisco and an ExpressJet flight bound for Memphis was classified as a 'near midair collision.'

The planes reportedly came within about 200 feet of each other.

FAA officials said arriving planes will no longer be able to approach the east-west runway 29 at the same time as flights are readying for take-off on the north-south Runway 4R.

The reason for such a close call is still being investigated by NTSB officials and a full report is not expected for several months. 

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