LHR-bound planes in mid-air 'near miss'

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  1. rwoman
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    aol.co.uk: Heathrow-bound planes in mid-air 'near miss'

    I do not think they were THAT close...still a cool pic!

    :)

     
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    Indeed, awesome image and yes, they look staggered above one another, indeed, it looks like an optical illusion was played out for the stunned golf club growds.
     
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    I'm sure some were freaked out nonetheless! :)
     
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    The stacks on approach to LHR will put hair on your chest... you can be sitting there all nonchalant and look out the window and there's a huge plane not that far away.

    It's not without its problems though... it was only 2003 when those two 777s almost crashed into each other in the bovingdon stack.
     
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    "
    According to the
    , the plane on the left is a mile or two lower than the plane on the right"

    given the relatively minor difference in size, are they really a mile or two vertically apart?
     
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    Nope... the whole stack is only 2 miles high, with the "steps" being 1k feet apart vertically. More than likely the planes were 1-2 loops apart.
     
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    It actually looks like they are the same plane (looking at the wings/flap fairings/raked wingtips/etc [thinking 777-200s]). To have one of them be that much larger makes it obvious that it is much lower.
     
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