Pilot shows how close planes really fly next to each other with video showing near encounters

Flying dangerously close!
  • The video shows two different aircraft flying very close to each other
  • In many instances, planes have to share a single aerial pathway
  • These pathways ensure the safe and efficient navigation of planes


Published on Apr 27, 2024 at 11:02AM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 29, 2024 at 1:54PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Siddharth Dudeja

Many planes often follow predefined routes in the air, leading to instances where they might come close to one another.

Despite the vastness of the sky, aircraft have to follow predetermined aerial pathways.

These aerial highways – or airways – ensure the safe and efficient navigation of planes across the skies.

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Captured by tonyviation on Instagram, the footage shows a Boeing 747 flying extremely close to another aircraft.

The pilot captured the footage from the cockpit of his aircraft, the Boeing 787 as it passed over the Boeing 747.

In the video, we can also see another aircraft passing by the Boeing 747 using the same aerial pathway.

The pilot said, “I captured it by chance during passing over Caspian Sea. B747 is so called ‘Queen of the sky’ which is discontinued sadly. This one is being operated by AirACT CARGO Company. It is always cool to see other airplane flying in the air.”

All aircraft are directed by air traffic control to maintain safe distances from each other.

However, in some rare instances, some aircraft share a single aerial pathway at the same time.

So, if one is lucky, they might see another plane from the window of their flight, flying right beside them, just like this video.

It is relatively safe despite the planes appearing dangerously close to each other.

The pilots receive real-time information about any nearby aircraft from air traffic control.

They can also calculate the relative distance and speed of these planes to their own aircraft.

In some instances, these planes can also be headed in opposite directions using the aerial pathways, at which point, one might be surprised at how fast these aircraft can fly.

Depending on how close they are to their landing location, these aircraft can also be at completely different altitudes.

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