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Video showing runway ‘near miss’ gets 17 million hits

July 10, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A video filmed at Barcelona airport a few days ago showing two planes seemingly almost crashing on the runway has gone ballistic on YouTube, gaining over 17 million views in a very short time.

An Airbus 340 can be seen crossing the runway at El Prat Airport in Spain as a flight from Moscow is coming in to land. Seeing the Airbus in its path, the pilot of the Boeing 767 from Russia aborts the landing and goes around. The plane then lands safely on the runway shortly afterwards.

So how close did the planes actually come?

Some of the effect derives from the long lens used by the cameraman, which  compresses everything so the planes look like they’re within seconds of a crash. Similar optical distortions can be seen when watching cricket on TV and looking lengthwise down the pitch, where it can look like the bowler and opposing batsman are only a metre apart.

The Mirror in the UK has reported that the planes were in reality never closer than 1.1 kilometres.

At the landing speed of the incoming Boeing 767 it would take 16 seconds to reach the A340 aircraft crossing the runway, the Mirror report said.

Even so, aircraft are not supposed to cross the runway when other planes are close to touching down and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK says this would have qualified as a “runway incursion” in Britain and would have been probed the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Spanish Authorities are now investigating, reportedly.

To judge for yourself, see:

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    That AR A340 is a beautiful looking aircraft. Shame the ‘four holers’ are on their way out. The A340 has ceased production so only the 747-5 and the A380 are still in production with four engines and they’re likely to be the last.

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