Two planes came perilously close to colliding on the ground at the Barcelona airport, and the dramatic footage was captured on video. Even with knowledge of the outcome, the video is terrifying.
As someone who flies more than the average person, the knowledge that a stupid error could easily result in 500-plus deaths at any moment paralyzes me with fear. But apparently this was all no big deal.
Captain John Holmes, flight training manager at Ansett Aviation Training told www.smh.com.au there were three possible explanations for the error.
‘The instructions to the A340 possibly were misunderstood by the captain, or they might not have heard or acknowledged the instructions, or there may have been no instruction issued from the control tower,’ he said.
Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA), the public body responsible for airports in Spain, released a statement saying there was never any danger of a collision as there was sufficient space to carry out a landing between the two planes.
Never any danger? What kinds of high-stakes games are you playing, Spanish aviation? Saying this was no big deal besmirches the character of every single person on one of these planes who permanently soiled their pants in fear. Show a little respect, please.
[H/T: Daily Mail]