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Near miss between fighter and commercial jet

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Published on May 14, 2009

Filmed from the fighter's cockpit. At time 03:30 you see the contrails of the commercial jet appearing at the horizon on the left side. In the end you can clearly see the jet.

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bluekeet
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Alessandro C.
For the Americans ... do you remember the massacre of Cermis? So avoid unnecessary comments on Italian Aviation... Thanks :)
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420Kasper420
This is insanely close.  Unfortunately for me, the jet pilots reaction turned some of the drama into comedy. *finally looks up from instruments* "(expletive)!" *insta-banks* Classic.
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DrewTheAwsom
Terrible pilots
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David H.
that wasn't a near miss - it was  near HIT!!!
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James Parenteau
This is a clear example of what they call the "Swiss Cheese Model" of aviation safety. The first controller cleared the flight of two up to FL360. The second controller apparently thought the fighters were at FL320. Also, the flight lead's transponder was not working correctly. Not until after the #2 aircraft turned on his transponder was the altitude error discovered by the controller. Had the first controller passed the altitude on to the second, this wouldn't have happened. Had the transponder worked this wouldn't have happened. The transponder would have saved them for two reasons: 1. the controller would have seen the fighter's altitude and 2. the TCAS in the airliner would have gotten them started on a climb or descent to avoid the fighters (even if the controller still didn't catch the altitude problem). The final hole was the fact that the second fighter SAW the airliner and din't say anything until WAY late in the game. These guys were on a separate frequency than the airliner (UHF vs VHF) and I can only imagine what the airliner was saying on the radio! This is much more complex than simply Italians eating pizza and not paying attention. It's not stupidity, it's just a multiplication of layers of errors. Finally, all the holes in the Swiss Cheese lined up, right up until the end when the fighters broke off and avoided the collision themselves. (Maybe they would have missed anyways, but it's hard to tell from the video). At the end of the day, the pilots were the ones who kept that last hole in the cheese from lining up, thus preventing an accident.
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Enrico Angelini
The flight was cleared to level 360 by the French controller, Rome Control took over and asked the leader to recycle the squak, probably he was with his head inside setting the new code. The wingman was looking out and called traffic to his leader, that is when he broke left, The flight was at the correct assigned level, probably the French and Italian controller screwed up somewhere and not the pilots. It is always interesting to see how many arm chair pilots are on the internet, giving useless information from the depths of their aviation ignorance...that, plus all the stupid and ignorant people  who generally make poor comments like Mr. Tongate for example. P.S. ...why don't you go pound some sand meanwhile!?!?!?
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Hack Fraud
It's a near hit... A near miss would be colliding,I never understood this backassed terminology.
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Brent G
That will be quite a show to those in the right side of the airliner.
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BruinsNewf
WTH was the ATC looking at? Clearly in the same altitude. Good thing it was just out his port side. Had that been had on, I'm not sure if he would have picked up on it. Come to think of it, the targeting system didn't pick up on it... I know it's a civilian aircraft, but you'd think radar would have picked it up and displayed it in his HUD.
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