Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Too close for comfort?

This photo, snapped by a guy at a football game near Heathrow, has shown on the TV news for the last two nights. Authorities are saying that the legal separation (1000ft vertical and 3nm horizontal) was maintained. In fact a spokeswoman said on TV3 news the two planes were 5.6km apart horizontally. The one behind is a Boeing 777, much larger than the one in the foreground but I am still skeptical about the claimed maintained separation. What do you think?


Rick said...

Bah. Backseat sissy spectators don't know what flying is.

These guys can do all sorts of impressive antics, it's just that we don't see it because the red tape et al wont let them.

Also, only very very dull people are hired in the first place to fly planes. People who follow text books and aren't interested in doing fun things and breaking rules.

There is nothing wrong with this picture, I reckon.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who confuses stunt flying with passanger carries can't be taken seriously. As per the comments above.

I don't know if this "too close" technically. But it is close enough! Looks damn close to me and somebody screwed up.

It is appalling and a ridiculous assumption by t he previous poster to say that we don't get to see "impressive antics" by passanger pilots "becasue the red tape et all won't let them." Rubbish. You don't take such unneccessary risks with a plane full of passangers. Pilots know this. Airlines know this. Only some loony Libz wouldn't know this. Which doesn't mean all libertarians are loony. They aren't. But some individuals are and some groups are.

Anonymous said...

I've come to the conclusion that the DHL plane is an A300. http://www.airliners.net/open.file/991426/M/ What do you reckon?

It's hard to tell from this photo whether there was any real danger to the passengers, however I would have thought that a Traffic Alert/Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) would have avoided the situation that this photograph is suggesting.

Brian Smaller said...

Next time you watch a game of rugby on TV and there is a shot from behind the posts at ground level, how far apart do the posts look? Not far. Certainly not 100m. THis is nothing more than a trick of light and lens.

Lindsay Mitchell said...

James, The DHL carrier is an Airbus
A300 length 54m
The 777-200 is 64m (according to the TV news report.
There is some discussion about this at London's Daily Mail website www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/

Brian, You are probably right. That's the official line. But there is a big difference between 100m and 5,600m. Whatever,it is a very good example of photographic distortion.