A near disaster at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) was seconds from unfolding when a United Airlines flight, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner almost slammed in to an easyJet Airbus A320, according to multiple reports.
The incident, which actually occurred on July 20th of last year, but is just now being reported, shows how close the two planes came to colliding with one another.
United 787 Was Given Erroneous Landing Information from de Gaulle Tower
The United Airlines flight, inbound from Newark, New Jersey was mistakenly instructed to land on 'runway 09 right' by tower controllers. The incident unfolded when the easyJet A320 was preparing for takeoff from the same runway, 09 right.
(That day, landings were occurring on 09 left while takeoffs were on 09 right)
Adding to the unfolding confusion, an Air France 787 was requesting a landing also on runway '09 right' because they needed additional runway length due to a 'technical issue'.
The Daily Mail Reports:
The controller did not react and at the same time, cleared the easyJet Airbus A320 bound for Malaga to depart from the same runway.
It was only when the easyJet plane was on the runway and started to move that pilots saw the incoming danger, with the Boeing less than a mile away and travelling at 160mph.
The easyJet co-pilot intervened and said on the radio: 'Traffic landing 09 right.'
He also told the Boeing: 'Go around 09 right! Go around!'
Reports say the United 787 was less than 100 feet from touchdown and less than 300 feet from the actual runway.
Investigators have inferred that the controller was focused on the landing Air France 787, but also say the United pilot was partly to blame for not using clearer language.
The pilot asked for confirmation but used the non-standard word 'understand' instead of 'confirm' in an English expression not grasped by the French controller.
They said: 'Understand cleared to land 09 Right, sidestep for 9 Right United 57.'