Footage of Pilot Saving His Plane from Collision with Another

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Early in the morning of July 5, 2014, videographer Miguel Ángel captured a near catastrophic collision of two airplanes at Barcelona's El Prat International Airport. The incident involved a UTair Boeing 767-300 flying in from Moscow and an Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus A340-300 taxiing down the runway in preparation for takeoff. 

The Utair 767 was just about to land on runway number two when the Russian pilot saw the Argentinas Airbus and quickly pulled up to avoid it. It's evident from the video how close this was to becoming a major disaster. Via Twisted Sifter.



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I saw that too. Interesting! But to me, the last line of that article is significant.
"However, it is not clear why the pilot of the Russian plane took the decision to abort the landing." Strange move for some ordinary landing.

I appreciate everyone's comments.

ETA: The explanation could be what Al Denelsbeck said: "but pilots know to abort the landing in such circumstances - had the Aerolineas plane halted mid-runway there would be no way to avoid it once a certain amount of airspeed had been shed." UTair pilot was thinking worst case scenario?
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It's probably not half as close as it appears here. The perspective and telephoto compression can be wildly misleading, but the UTair lane was still roughly 8 seconds or so from touchdown, probably not even over the overrun threshold yet, and another several seconds after touchdown before it crossed the taxiway the Aerolineas plane was on - that translates to a fairly signifcant separation.

While it's not clear why the Aerolineas pilot did not stop at the hold-short before the runway, this is a simple go-around, and happens on occasion. It is entirely possible the Aerolineas plane would have cleared the active before the UTair plane passed through, but pilots know to abort the landing in such circumstances - had the Aerolineas plane halted mid-runway there would be no way to avoid it once a certain amount of airspeed had been shed.
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OK. I see what you mean. My antique computer sometimes gives me a jerky skipping image. A little image adjustment and I can see the cut now. Second aircraft @47 sec is also gear and flaps down. Then the fade cut @51 showing the clean fuselage.
Still . . .That is way too close for comfort.
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The one with fully retracted gears after the cut looks to be the plane behind the one that aborted the landing. you can see it at around ~40s
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