My favorite air disaster documentarian, Allec Joshua Ibay, recreated last month's SFO taxiway near-miss, complete with real radio traffic. I skipped the scene-setting in the above embed: an inbound pilot mistaking a taxiway, with a bunch of loaded planes on it, for the runway.
I find these quiet, unvarnished real-time recreations far more harrowing than mouthy cable TV dramatics. A few moments of distraction and confusion, then sudden realization, and it's all over. A sentence of radio chatter (the crew on the second ground-side plane also turned the landing lights on)
likely saved hundreds of lives in what could have been the worst accident in aviation history.
Aviation Safety posted a photo from the tower:
And here's an animated version illustrating just how close they got:
An Aeroflot jet crash-landed while returning in flames to Moscow’s Sheremtyevo airport Sunday, and only 37 of the 73 passengers and crew escaped with their lives. One took this video from inside the cabin, showing the engine fire and smoke. The video ends as the plane comes to a halt and fire starts to engulf […]
The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, created these Damage Proxy Maps (DPMs) that show the areas in California that were probably damaged by the Woolsey and Camp Fires.
There’s something about the detail and dimensionality of this animation that really sends a shiver down my spine.
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