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Ever Seen A Near Miss?

Tue Nov 07, 2000 2:32 am

I saw an Air 2000 a320 nearly hit a Crossair a/c(can't remember what it was) at Faro, Portugal.
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RE: Ever Seen A Near Miss?

Tue Nov 07, 2000 3:10 am

I took off on an Air Canada DC-9 out of Toronto a year or so ago heading to Montreal. As we were gradually levelling off we suddenly turned sharpely (at a steep angle) to the right.. I then saw a Canadian Airlines Boeing 767-300 heading straight for us at the same flight level, wheels up and all.. he flew past us so closely I was able to see the pilot in the cockpit. I'm not sure if it was a genuine "near miss" but I'd at least consider it a controlled near missed if everything was being watched by Pearson's control tower. It left me feeling a slight bit uncomfortable. I've seen planes close together around airports but it really felt like we were simply "getting out of the way"

RE: Ever Seen A Near Miss?

Tue Nov 07, 2000 5:50 am

The nearest thing to a near miss (and it wasn't near at all) I saw was a slight error in the instruction Heathrow control tower gave to two planes:

Tower: Speedbird XYZ cleared for takeoff
(pilot affirms, starts rolling - it's a 767)
KL ABC: Approaching 09R for crossing
Tower: KL ABC Cleared to cross runway 09R
KL: Cleared to cross runway 09R
(accelerates towards runway)
Tower: Umm, Negative, KL ABC. Do not cross. Cleared to cross after the DEPARTING B767!
(very cool for the situation, the tower controller's voice...)
KL ABC: Cleared to cross after the 767.

Well, near-misses are not exactly frequent, and I imagine such slight and rapidly corrected errors are the closest thing to a near miss that will happen in general.

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