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Caught On Tape - Stunning Near Miss On Barcelona Runway

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Boeing has had a tough week or two - the scandal over Ex-Im bank - its cheap funding source of competitive advantage, this weekend's train derailment of Boeing fuselages, and now, in Barcelona, a 767 and an Airbus A340 battle for the same airpsace coming within a few hundred feet of total carnage.


As The Daily Mail reports,

The dramatic moment two planes almost collided on a runway in Barcelona has been captured on camera.


The footage reveals the near-miss between a Boeing 767 from Russian airline Utair and an Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 at El Prat Airport in Spain.


It shows the Boeing coming in to land on the runway, making its final approach, as the Airbus, getting ready for a flight to Buenos Aires, taxis across its path.



The Boeing is forced to abort the landing, with the pilot carrying out an emergency 'go-around' procedure.


The jet, which had travelled from Russia, landed safely shortly afterwards.


It comes just days after two planes narrowly averted a midair crash near the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

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We can only hope Janet Yellen's 'macro-prudential' policies will be less of a near-miss of the total collapse in risk assets we suspect is coming...

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:24 | 4932370 syntaxterror
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GDP woulda been higher with a collision.


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:29 | 4932400 idea_hamster
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Based on the headline, I was hoping for a couple of top models bumping into one another....

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:35 | 4932435 Pladizow
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Check passenger manifests!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:40 | 4932466 DoChenRollingBearing
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Spain is also in both of these two stories (here at the top of ZH's current page).

ISIS and Air traffic control there in Barcelona.  Maybe pick France for vacation this year.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:47 | 4932504 SilverIsKing
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Am I the only one who sees this but that pilot taxiing the plane looks a lot like the guy who smashed the Tesla?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:55 | 4932541 macholatte
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George Carlin: Here's one they just made up: "near miss". When two planes almost collide, they call it a near miss. It's a near hit. A collision is a near miss.


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:02 | 4932565 Manthong
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That was shot with a telephoto lens and distorts the appearance of the distance.

They were both under tower control and were not quite that close but although cleared to cross the runway the Airbus likely should have held short.

The Rooskie took the prudent route with a go-around.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:10 | 4932605 Freddie
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The co-pilot should have told the pilot to hold short like you said.


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:17 | 4932645 Miles Ahead
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He did.  Then the pilot grabbed his own dick.  You know; them Russkies...

(take that Vlad!  We win!) /s

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:41 | 4932746 Manthong
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This is a such a funny place.

Just for the junk guy above, I’ll amend part of my statement..

The airbus (he had clearance) should have crossed the runway with thrust levers full forward.

If something is worth doing you should give it 100%.

Or.. look both ways before crossing the street.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:51 | 4932814 Miles Ahead
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I think it's more a funny place for the "experts"!  Hey, I ain't a junk guy.  Hell, I wasn't even replying to you.  I was making a joke.  And as far as junking is concerned I'm not trying to be that.  I up arrow a lot of good comments.  Why add narrative as well telling someone they're right?  I'd be here all night.

But then there are those who's feet need to be held near the fire.  They are too full of themselves.  MANY here on ZH.  I mean come on... telephoto lens?  Really?  Who'd a thunk.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:23 | 4932937 Manthong
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I wasn’t replying to you specifically.. just whichever guy was stupid enough or felt compelled to vote down something so innocuous, but based in fact.

I hang here to mostly to learn a few things, comment and opine a little and to make cynical, sarcastic and satirical statements.

Most of time (with some noted exceptions) in good humor.


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:58 | 4933288 Jerk_Store
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I think it's more a funny place for the "experts"!  Hey, I ain't a junk guy.  Hell, I wasn't even replying to you.  I was making a joke.

That was some funny shit!!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:28 | 4933382 J S Bach
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That's just plane scary.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:33 | 4933405 Spitzer
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Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:19 | 4934638 StandardDeviant
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Uh, the "Russkies" were the ones coming in for a landing.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:32 | 4932419 pods
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That'll pucker your ass right quick.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:04 | 4932581 Pairadimes
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It's going to smell kinda funny in the cockpit of that Boeing for a few days.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:13 | 4932909 Freddie
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They can fly it remotely to Diego Garcia for clean up and disposal.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:49 | 4933029 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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Heh. This is why I prefer to take a ferry to get from A to B over long distances. Then again, there aren't exactly many airports around here.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:57 | 4933286 krispkritter
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I'm guessing the air sickness bags in that plane weren't holding vomit...

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:06 | 4932590 El Vaquero
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And cause you to cough up some seat cover soon after.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:52 | 4932819 WhackoWarner
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As George Carlin pointed out years ago:  It is not a near miss stupid.  It is a near hit.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:22 | 4934680 samcontrol
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I swear that when before reading the article i thought,,must be Argentinian....and Bingo..

I ski with Argi Pilots all the time . Some of them are a mess.

that said VAMOS ARGENTINA mierda , carajo !,

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:25 | 4932373 TeamDepends
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Collisions will be an every day occurence if ISIS takes over.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:29 | 4932397 Oracle 911
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 Yeah with skyscraper. And said skyscrapers would collapse into their own foundations almost perfectly.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:33 | 4932427 thamnosma
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and another that fell in sympathy to the ones struck

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:38 | 4932457 TeamDepends
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Buildings have feelings too ya know!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:20 | 4932651 Miles Ahead
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@Oracle 911; don't be too proud. He served that up to you underhanded with no arc.  And that collapse... it was about as perfect as you can get.  107 stories, and all folks got was a little dusty.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:25 | 4932374 Oracle 911
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Somebody born again.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:27 | 4932386 Itchy and Scratchy
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Another Keynesian GDP stimulating opportunity missed!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:27 | 4932389 Haager
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I don't believe in coincidence, with most airlines down the last days.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:27 | 4932393 saycheeeese
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well, i guess that the staff cuts at the Control Tower could have become a very pricey gambling today.  Always request a pilot... no drone please !

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:29 | 4932402 disabledvet
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How you like that internet now!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:35 | 4932433 bobnoxy
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I used to like it just fine until the junta here in Thailand decided to start censoring it. For some reason, this clip is being blocked here. This place is in deep shit.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:44 | 4932787 Miles Ahead
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A.) for some reason?  You don't know? Well, you my friend are the one in deep shit.  Try to keep up. Here; use a proxy server, and do a little creative searching about certain... folks.

B).  A country is in deep shit when they block The Daily Mail?  My, what's next... The fucking STAR

Actually if you think this place is in deep shit, you need to take a vacation back in your home country (I'm guessing here... stars and stripes?  OK, I missed) and then return.  Thailand is now better than ever.  No more Democracy.  Or was that supposed to be the answer?  Hell, hasn't worked here, and hasn't worked well wherever you're from - wherever. 

Daddy has taken over, and if you don't watch it we're gonna pull your IP address and come over to your room off Sukhumvit.

While I'm at it, C).  Just go to that new website, http://www (don't forget the w's) youtube.com/

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:31 | 4932411 spastic_colon
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the clip seems to be almost professionally done, almost as thought they were anticipating something /s

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:32 | 4932424 orangegeek
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pilot crossing the runway must have been using his cell phone

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:36 | 4932445 Amish Hacker
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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:40 | 4932473 22winmag
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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 21:46 | 4934062 mjcOH1
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"Ease off the throttle.   Let me get a selfie out the cabin window with that Boeing in the background flaps down...."

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:45 | 4932491 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Texting? +10


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:33 | 4932428 medium giraffe
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That ISIS invasion idea is geting worse by the second.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:34 | 4932434 Cognitive Dissonance
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This could be control tower or pilot error. I don't know if Barcelona has ground traffic radar or not, but often the tower relies on the pilots of taxiing planes to inform them that they have reached a certain point and are then told to proceed or not. It is clear the plane landing was on an approved approach with another plane a few minutes behind him.

For example, no taxiing pilot crosses a runway without permission from the control tower. Yet it appears the pilot on the ground just blew through the runway without stopping first. We will get an initial report in a few weeks and a final report within the year. For now it is all speculation.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:52 | 4932522 thatthingcanfly
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No way CD.

I fault the pilot. Even if he was cleared by Tower to take the runway (which - don't get me wrong - would be bad), he had a clear view of the inbound traffic from his cockpit. That he took the active without looking for traffic is simply unconscionable to me. Shame on that captain and his 1st officer.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:33 | 4932728 Cognitive Dissonance
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Like I said the pilot of the taxiing plane appeared to blow thru the runway cross. I got a chuckle from those other commenters blaming Boeing. First it was an Airbus plane on the ground and second that is like blaming the car company when the driver runs a red light.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:36 | 4932441 Oh regional Indian
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Flying is getting to be risky business.

SOmeone onc esuggested here that the large hadron collider messed with the "probability matrix", or as I understood it then, shifted the basis of the bell curve.

Regardless, things seems to be getting close, in general.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:39 | 4932468 Amish Hacker
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And Hundred Year Storms seem to come along every few years.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:10 | 4932607 bag holder
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Someone does seem to be messing with the probability matrix, but history suggests it's less likely to be the latest science machine, and more likely to be politicians and newspaper editors in a smoke-filled room.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:07 | 4932595 El Vaquero
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Things just aren't run as well as they were in the past.  It's noticeable across the board.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if this is leaking into air traffic control and flying. 

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