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Air safety experts investigate Schiphol 'near miss'

Wednesday 05 December 2012

Air safety experts are investigating a near miss between two aircraft which were heading directly at each other some 600m from the ground close to Schiphol airport last month, the Volkskrant reports.

The two planes, one from KLM and one from Garuda, were just 15 seconds from colliding when the accident was averted, the paper says. The incident took place at 07.44 hours on November 13.

The problem centres on the use of two parallel runways at the same time, the paper says. A compulsory difference in altitude of 300m should eradicate the problem but in this case, both aircraft were flying at the same height.

Neither Schiphol airport or KLM will comment on the incident, the paper said.

Have you ever been involved in a near miss? Share your experiences using the comment box below.

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Readers' Comments

In my early 20s, my father-in-law gave me flying lessons. One day, we were flying near Gatwick airport, when our aircraft started losing power. He asked me to take the controls whilst he checked the engine instruments. Ahead of us was a large cloud from which a 4 engined jet suddenly appeared heading straight for us, very fast. I just had time to tell him to look up, and with the instinct of a fighter pilot (which he had been in WW2) he threw us into a screamig dive. I can still see the oil slicks and rivets on the Boeing 707's wing as it flashed a few feet over us to this day!

By Andrew | 5 December 2012 11:57 AM

I was involved in a nearmiss 20 years ago when flying to Spain.The other aircraft got so close that I could see it was an Air Iberia,Fokker F27.It came and went so fast I only had time to say"What the".I have never enjoyed flying since.

By Andy | 5 December 2012 12:13 PM

If there had been a collision, where would they have crashed? On a populated area or over farm land. This would be interesting to know.

By H. | 5 December 2012 1:48 PM

Why do they call this event a near miss? It should be a near hit. A collision is a near miss. Just paraphrasing George Carlin.

By MPH | 5 December 2012 3:50 PM

a near miss,net naast het doel,op het kantje af. Looking forward to read the reporting by the dutch CAA in the aviation magazines.

By H.D.B. Go | 5 December 2012 7:04 PM

@MPH, no, 'near miss' doesn't make a lot of sense, but it could be understood as a miss, but by very very little. Meaning that it came extremely close to becoming a hit.

By Sedirea | 6 December 2012 2:25 PM

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