Talk about a close encounter. The crew of a UTair Boeing 767-300 preparing to land on Runway 02 at Barcelona-El Prat Airport on Saturday got a big surprise just a few moments before touchdown when an Airbus A340 taxied across the runway, directly intersecting the 767’s landing path.
The Boeing 767 performed what is known as a “go around” and landed safely shortly afterwards.
The incident was caught on camera by aviation enthusiast Miguel Angel, who posted the video to YouTube.
In an interview about the incident, Barcelona airport AENA spokeswoman told CNN that the UTair pilot had been cleared to land, but made a decision to abort on his own.
The spokeswoman also commented the Aerolineas Argentinas flight had received permission to cross the runway.
The AENA spokeswoman also said there had been no danger of impact between the two aircraft and the perspective of the near miss video made it hard to see there was actually a lot of space between the two planes.It was “not about a collision or a possible collision,” she continued, adding that no complaints had been filed regarding the incident.