Two jumbo jets carrying hundreds of passengers came close to a collision after pilots of both planes failed to follow instructions. All four pilots had ‘misheard or misinterpreted’ the instructions while they were flying over Scottish countryside, a damning report has revealed. The Boeing 747s came within 100ft of each other vertically in an incident on June 23 that came close to catastrophe. According to the report, by near-miss analysts the UK Aiprox Board (UKAB), the planes were preparing for ocean crossings when they came close to one another. Scottish air traffic controllers had told one pair of pilots in one plane to go left and the other pair to go right, however they did the opposite and steered the planes closer. A controller then immediately told one of the jumbos to descend and the other to ascend, resulting in them eventually moving away from one another. The incident left experts scratching their heads over how the pilots got it so spectacularly wrong. The report said: ‘It was apparent that both crews had taken each other’s instructions, and the board found it hard to determine why this had occurred. ‘The board was surprised that all four pilots had misheard or misinterpreted the avoiding action instructions despite at least one of the crews reading them back correctly.’
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