#Skyteam runway near miss – this is why you always look both ways before crossing the runway (ie HOLD SHORT)!

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Via Google Chrome that has translated the below text about this Skyteam jet clearly should have held short. Hard to tell just how near a miss this was but the report says:

This Saturday the Barcelona El Prat airport could have been the scene of a catastrophic accident. In the incident two aircraft, one of the company UTair, from Moscow, which was about to land, and the other Aerolineas Argentinas, which crossed the track to take her off to Buenos Aires were involved. The pilot of the aircraft came from the Russian capital had to improvise a maneuver to avoid a catastrophe. – http://actualidad.rt.com

I don’t know about you but that looks REAL close to me! Fly safe everyone on your way back home today! – René
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  1. I do wonder what the photographer was thinking as he took those photos. Because if the Russian pilot hadn’t been on the ball, the photos would have been worth a lot of money.

  2. As a traveling photographer I would say even though the images would be worth a lot of money, no one wants to witness a tragedy. Even knowing that it is quite possible I could have been on either one of those planes. Really close call!

    Happy to see the skill and maneuvers of the Russian pilot help avoid a major catastrophe.

  3. It is a good thing the pilots in the landing aircraft were actually looking out the window on final approach, unlike the Asiana crew a SFO last year, and had time to take evasive action. IMO pilots should fly the plane and rely on autopilots less when landing in VFR conditions.

  4. As a pilot, it was a close call but and the right call was made (“go around”). The A-340 could’ve made it past the hold short line on the other side of the runway but ATC should never have cleared both these options. Something could’ve gone wrong with the A340 or as reader “John” said, the other pilots could’ve been too reliant on autopilot… Just something too think about I guess next time you fly into BCN again.

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