Caught On Tape - Stunning Near Miss On Barcelona Runway

Tyler Durden's picture

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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syntaxterror's picture

GDP woulda been higher with a collision.


idea_hamster's picture

Based on the headline, I was hoping for a couple of top models bumping into one another....

Pladizow's picture

Check passenger manifests!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

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.

SilverIsKing's picture

Am I the only one who sees this but that pilot taxiing the plane looks a lot like the guy who smashed the Tesla?

macholatte's picture


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.


Manthong's picture

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.

Freddie's picture

The co-pilot should have told the pilot to hold short like you said.


Miles Ahead's picture

He did.  Then the pilot grabbed his own dick.  You know; them Russkies...

(take that Vlad!  We win!) /s

Manthong's picture

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.

Miles Ahead's picture

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.

Manthong's picture

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.


Jerk_Store's picture

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!!

StandardDeviant's picture

Uh, the "Russkies" were the ones coming in for a landing.

pods's picture

That'll pucker your ass right quick.

Pairadimes's picture

It's going to smell kinda funny in the cockpit of that Boeing for a few days.

Freddie's picture

They can fly it remotely to Diego Garcia for clean up and disposal.

krispkritter's picture

I'm guessing the air sickness bags in that plane weren't holding vomit...

El Vaquero's picture

And cause you to cough up some seat cover soon after.

WhackoWarner's picture

As George Carlin pointed out years ago:  It is not a near miss stupid.  It is a near hit.

samcontrol's picture

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 !,

TeamDepends's picture

Collisions will be an every day occurence if ISIS takes over.

Oracle 911's picture

 Yeah with skyscraper. And said skyscrapers would collapse into their own foundations almost perfectly.

thamnosma's picture

and another that fell in sympathy to the ones struck

TeamDepends's picture

Buildings have feelings too ya know!

Miles Ahead's picture

@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.

Oracle 911's picture

Somebody born again.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Another Keynesian GDP stimulating opportunity missed!

Haager's picture

I don't believe in coincidence, with most airlines down the last days.

saycheeeese's picture

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 !

disabledvet's picture

How you like that internet now!

spastic_colon's picture

the clip seems to be almost professionally done, almost as thought they were anticipating something /s

orangegeek's picture

pilot crossing the runway must have been using his cell phone

mjcOH1's picture

"Ease off the throttle.   Let me get a selfie out the cabin window with that Boeing in the background flaps down...."

medium giraffe's picture

That ISIS invasion idea is geting worse by the second.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

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.

thatthingcanfly's picture

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.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

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.

Oh regional Indian's picture

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.

Amish Hacker's picture

And Hundred Year Storms seem to come along every few years.

bag holder's picture

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.

El Vaquero's picture

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. 

Amish Hacker's picture

Absolutely. Just because something is extremely important doesn't mean government won't make a mess of it.

damenic's picture

Respect Russian pilots!