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Mid-Air Collision Over Denver


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They have transponders that show relative location to other planes, assuming both had it on. TCAS, if I recall correctly. Also, there has to be some role for ATC error. That jet was probably doing twice the speed of the prop plane.


Blows my mind that the pilot landed that jet. Just, wow.

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On 5/13/2021 at 6:23 AM, DWARREN123 said:

Not a pilot but how do you not see and avoid a larger AC at that distance?

Not a pilot, but.  My guess is that you look somewhere else.

Maybe back at the messed up landing strip.

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Those that have not sat in the cockpit of a small aircraft or even the largest aircraft have no idea how  limited the visibility is.

It is poor, even for things straight ahead.

There are no rear view mirrors.


TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) and TCAD (Traffic Coillsiion Avoidance Device) are only mandated for commercial aircraft and I suspect that the cost for the average general aviation owner makes such systems unattractive to a pilot that flies maybe ten times per year.

Fear not, however.

In another six months there will be no fuel and aircraft rarely collide when parked.



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