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###### happens. Thankfully, the holes didn't line up in the Swiss cheese. 

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Funny how the news this morning labelled it as "2 planes almost crashed in Barcelona" kind of title...

 

Not sure what caused the accident, as ATC wouldn't have cleared that other plane to hold short/take off?

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Not sure what caused the accident, as ATC wouldn't have cleared that other plane to hold short/take off?

 

Thankfully I don't see any accident! :) No doubt ATC would have asked and expected the A340 to expedite the runway crossing, you see it all the time. Last two times for me was departing out of Heathrow 27R, crossing 27L with a BA 744 on approach, you could feel the urgency of the crew trying to vacate the runway.  Second time was 12L out of Bahrain, even my brother had to comment 'is that allowed?'  I most certainly felt nervous.

 

Most definitely an ATC screw up here, they are under a lot of pressure to keep things flowing.  

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"Aena, the airport operator and ATC service provider, stated that the UTAir Boeing could have continued the landing without any danger, the separation was sufficient. Neither company filed any safety report (editorial note: this statement, although not expressis verbis stating this, suggests that the Airbus was cleared to cross the runway)."

 

From:

http://avherald.com/h?article=476e99b0&opt=0

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"Aena, the airport operator and ATC service provider, stated that the UTAir Boeing could have continued the landing without any danger, the separation was sufficient. Neither company filed any safety report (editorial note: this statement, although not expressis verbis stating this, suggests that the Airbus was cleared to cross the runway)."
 
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http://avherald.com/...=476e99b0&opt=0

 

Exactly, the crew of the 767 had to make a judgment call with a few seconds to spare and no hindsight, TOGA is often the best option!

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This is probably also a case of a long telephoto lens compressing the apparent distance between the two airplanes too.

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This is probably also a case of a long telephoto lens compressing the apparent distance between the two airplanes too.

 

I'd go so far as to say that telephoto lens compression is definately involved in making this look closer than it is, but the crossing traffic was moseying along seemingly without much urgency, so I can't say I entirely blame the landing pilot for peeling off. The video is exploding virally out on the interwebs under some pretty excessive and hyperbolic headlines.

 

Too bad none of the clickthrough advertising revenue these sites get will go to the photographer/videographer who actually made the video.

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This is probably also a case of a long telephoto lens compressing the apparent distance between the two airplanes too.

 

Not really. What matters is what the pilot saw and not what is viewed from the videocamera angle....

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Not really. What matters is what the pilot saw and not what is viewed from the videocamera angle....

 

Yup. The captain of the 767 didn't go around because a guy by the airport fence had a huge lense.

 

But obviously for us, the viewers,.. the lense is deceiving.

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Closer than they had probably planned for but certainly not a near collision though. Typical over hyped media.

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