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Near miss over London??

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This photo was snapped over Upton Park Saturday afternoon. The CAA says its not a near miss. You decide.

Full story here...

_http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4660644.stm
 

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It'd be interesting to see the relative sizes of the aeroplanes, as there can be optical illusions with some lenses over distance.
 

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A pedant writes...

Why is it always 'near miss'? ('I nearly missed that plane')

Surely 'near hit' is the logical phrase?

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(Damn pedants) :)

Ive seen a couple of instances in North London a year or so ago where the planes were definitely within 10 or so wingspans from each other.

The last paragraph of the article brings it home, a minimum distance of 2.5 miles between the two is the safety margin.

Unless the observer was on the other side of the planet, I dont believe for a minute that these planes could have been photographed with the illusion they were so close together.

A couple of other pictures in the can would determine the paths and the avoidance tactics used.
 

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rolfw said:
It'd be interesting to see the relative sizes of the aeroplanes, as there can be optical illusions with some lenses over distance.
Not being a plane spotter, I would guess the DHL plane is about 50/60% of the size of the passenger plane above it. Flight paths are deceptive however, the airliner is on a straight track while the cargo plane is banking left.

Since the observer is on the ground and the airliner further away (therefore at a higher altitide) , it is in front and most likely flying faster, so even if they are close, there would be no chance of a collision at the time of the photo. What may have been the case two or three minutes earlier is another matter.
 

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Apparently they were 300m apart at the closest, close enough though. :)
 

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The important thing is they are both travelling in the same (roughly) direction, so I don't see the problem. If they were converging then yes.
 
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John T said:
The important thing is they are both travelling in the same (roughly) direction, so I don't see the problem. If they were converging then yes.

i m just glad i wasnt on either planeO-no
 
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That photo looks suspicioulsy photoshopped.