NEWARK, NJ – It’s said that statistically speaking air travel is safer than your car. But two recent reports of near-collisions in the air are sparking some concern and federal investigators are looking into just what went wrong.
The most recent case happened at Newark Liberty Airport last month. Federal investigators say air traffic controllers directed one United flight to land just seconds before ordering a smaller ExpressJet to take-off. Those planes came within 50 yards of one another — about half a football field apart.
“The clearance for the ExpressJet to take-off never should have been given,” says aviation attorney and pilot Arthur Rosenburg.
Also in April, a Boeing 757 flying over the Pacific had to plunge 600 feet in seconds to avoid another plane at its same designated altitude. That is being looked into as well.