I must say I have some difficulty understanding what happened. Was the IB
plane that lower in order to make the "U-turn" to the runway that earlier compared to the LY
767? According to the reports, the IB
plane was descending more abruptly and turned all of a sudden "left" in order to land, going thus strait into the path of the LY
plane also about to land. That's really weird, because usually all planes seem to follow approximately the same semi circle when landing from the east; what went suddenly through the head of the IB
According to the newspapers in Hebrew, LY
said that the incident was caused by a "very serious error" on the part of the IB
pilots. It would be interesting to hear the version of events from the part of the IB
pilot; at the time the online articles were published, the IB
representative in Israel did not comment on the event.
Also, the dialogue between the IB
crew and the ATC seems somewhat weird, the tower telling at one point: "Iberia, there's traffic in the air, do you see it?" and then asking the pilot to turn right, but he continued his turn to the left into the LY
Was the distance between all the incoming airplanes sufficient? What would have happened if this incident took place during night time, or during another period of limited visibility? It seems that the disaster was avoided thanks to the fact that the LY
pilot was able to see the IB
plane and its weird move and thus was able to avoid it; the ATC might have proved unable to avoid the accident. Maybe we'll never see exactly what happened and why.
|Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 2):|
I'll bet the El Al Paranoia Police Patrol crapped their pants and thought it was a terrorist attack of some kind.
Unnecessary out of place comment, only meant to provoke and offend...
Even though you are suggesting the opposite, there are terror attacks and attempted attacks against all kind of Israeli interests, and El Al, as the main Israeli airline, has been a target over the last 4 decades and is so today, maybe more than ever.