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New details released in near collision at Newark's airport


(CNN) - New details are emerging on a near disaster at Newark-Liberty airport last month.

Federal investigators say two planes were way too close for comfort, coming within yards of each other.

One was attempting to land, while the other was about to take-off.

"Yeah, he was real close, sir."

Audio revealing the tense moments between the pilot and air traffic controllers when two commercial airliners nearly collide midair over Newark airport last month.

"Acey 4100, traffic off your right, you have him in sight? maintain visual."

The controllers directing a United Airlines Boeing 737 to land just seconds before a smaller ExpressJet was cleared for take-off on an intersecting runway - the larger jet nearly on top of the plane when controllers tells it to circle the airport.

"Yeah, we were putting the nose down and yeah he was real close."

At its closest point the aircraft only 50 yards away from each other, only about a half a football field.

"That expressjet should have been held in essentially the ready to go position until the 737 had cleared that cross runway and made a safe landing and then taken off."

"The clearance for the expressjet to take off never should have been given," Arthur Rosenburg, aviation attorney and pilot said.

This is the second time in recent weeks united airlines has been involved in a nearly catastrophic collision.

In April, a Boeing 757 flying over the Pacific narrowly collided with another aircraft after climbing to the altitude controllers assigned them.

The aircraft forced to plunge 600 feet in seconds.

"I'm looking down the aisle and there is hundreds of people in front of me, people started screaming, there's noises of things that weren't secured falling around," Kevin Townsend, a passenger said.

Where the error lies in these most recent near disasters still under investigation.

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