I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about aviation. I took a flight lesson last year, courtesy of my wife, and I’ve since been a member of AOPA. I’ve also read up on aviation and looked at some flight instruction videos. I hope to work for and get a pilot’s license when I graduate. But I know enough to tell that this story from CNN is full of it.
The story claims that two 747 jets had a “near collision” in the skies over Scotland. Now, if you hear “near collision”, you’d probably think that the two jets came seconds away from crashing into each other and only meters (it’s Scotland, they use metric) away from each other. They even mention that the planes were “100 feet away” from each other, and then they say the magic word: “Vertically.”
The two planes were three miles form each other horizontally and 100 feet vertically. Meaning that one plane was here, and the other plane was three miles away, over there, and 100 feet higher than the first plane. But that wouldn’t sell the story or get them clicks, would it?
Anyway, here’s the video. It reeks of stupid.
René F. Najera, DrPH
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