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Two 747's Almost Crash Over Scotland -- And That's Not The Scariest Part
It happened in June of this year but the report is just now being released by by the UK Airprox Board, which examines near misses in UK airspace. The planes were 30 miles north of Glasgow when an air traffic controller noticed they were moving closer together. Ordered to fly in different directions, cockpit crews apparently got the instructions reversed and wound up flying towards each other.
"It was apparent that both crews had taken each others' instructions, and the board found it hard to determine why this had occurred," noted the Airprox report, a reported in a SkyNews article.
The really scary part: A crash was only prevented because two pilots on each aircraft saw each other. Taking evasive action avoided collision with one plane climbing and the other diving.