A Ryanair plane returning from Spain was involved in a ‘near miss’ with a private jet.
The plane had not taken off for a long time from Palma airport, bound for Manchester, when the pilot found himself just 100ft from the other plane. Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 was forced into a rapid right turn, reports the MEN.
According to airspace rules, the minimum separation must be 1,000 feet vertically, with a horizontal distance between three and five miles. But there were only 100 feet between the two before the fast pilot could turn the plane around and set the plane up.
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The Ryanair plane was at around 900ft and traveling at around 150mph when the incident happened just before spotting the private Cirrus SF50. The airline has since confirmed that an investigation has been opened.
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “ The crew of this flight from Palma to Manchester (May 28) took immediate action after identifying a converging light type aircraft and as a result the aircraft remained well clear and the flight continued safely to Manchester. The event is still under investigation and we continue to liaise with the respective competent authorities in support of related processes.”
Both planes continued to their destinations and landed safely.
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