Spanish CAA Confirms Near-Miss of Two Ryanair Boeing 737-800s Two Years Ago

A Ryanair Boeing taxis for takeoff.
Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

BERLIN – Concluding an investigation by Spain’s civil aviation authority, it is now confirmed that two Ryanair aircraft narrowly avoided a collision in Malaga 2 years ago.

According to The Independent, the investigation revealed that an Air Traffic Controller cleared one flight to land while another one was cleared to take off on the same runway.

The closest distance between the planes is said to be 520m, which is less than 25% of the minimum recommended safety margin between two aircraft (3,200m).

The official report stated: “There was no degree of assurance that the regulatory separation could be maintained, as the aircraft on approach was traveling faster than the aircraft on take-off, increasingly reducing the separation between the aircraft,”.

The incident took place on September 11th, 2019 at 7:50 pm local time, with almost 400 passengers aboard the two aircraft.

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