Oh, well, happens in the best of families. Just last weekend they were showing a case at LAX bewteen a passenger jet and a smaller aircraft on National Geographic.*
[quote]A Ukrainian cargo plane nearly collided with a Singapore Airlines passenger flight at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on July 15 because of a mistake by a trainee air controller, reports said Thursday.
The latest incident comes amid a wave of complaints and reports of problems at Taiwan’s main airport ranging from leaking restrooms to staff quarrels and misbehavior.
The Ukrainian Antonov AN-24 freight plane was moving forward as it received an order to wait until the Singapore Airlines flight carrying more than 200 people had taken off. However, the Ukrainian pilot reportedly misunderstood the order “hold short of runway 05” as “cross runway 05,” or exactly the opposite.
As the cargo plane moved forward, another air traffic controller saw the danger and ordered it to speed up so it could be out of the way when the Singapore plane started taking off.
The planes came to within 1,100 meters of each other, reports said, or 11 seconds away from a collision.
The investigation into the incident showed that the first air traffic controller should have made certain that the Ukrainian pilot had understood his order and also used visual contact or radar to confirm the plane’s position.
The controller, who had been working at the control tower for only one year, was moved to another department after receiving psychological counseling, reports said.
The presence of two planes on the same landing strip violated the most basic rules, said airport official Chien Yuan-lin.
this fatal collision killed 20 something in the smaller aircraft and quite a bit more in the larger one. My flippant tone is a bit sarcastic.