WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) – Federal investigators say two planes that nearly collided at Newark airport last month came within a few hundred feet of each other.
The incident April 24 involved a United Express Embraer EJR145 departing for Memphis and a United Boeing 737-800 arriving from San Francisco, which came within 160 feet to the side and 400 feet in height of each other, according to a preliminary statement from the National Transportation Safety Board.
There was no damage to either plane and no injuries to passengers or crew members, according to the board, which investigates accidents and other incidents to make recommendations about how to avoid them.
The air-traffic controller noticed that the Embraer hadn't begun rolling toward takeoff until the Boeing was about 1 mile from the runway, according to NTSB.
Recognizing there wasn't enough space, the controller told the pilots to keep an eye on each other and for the Boeing to abort its landing and fly around for another approach, according to NTSB.
The Embraer pilot responded that he would keep his plane's nose down, the NTSB said.