Barcelona Airport Airborne Near Miss being Investigated

A report has been released this week over a near miss between two aircraft approaching Barcelona in July.

File photo of a Vueling jet (at Alicante-Elche airport)

The incident occurred on the 6 of July when a Vueling Airbus A320 from Rome, flight number VY6101, was approaching the runway at a height of about 4,000 feet.

Meanwhile, a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737 from Casablanca, flight number AT964, was also approaching the same runway at the same altitude.

Spain’s civil aviation accident and incident commission, the CIAIAC, who are now investigating the incident, confirmed that the separation between the aircraft was reduced to 200 feet vertical and 1.1 nm horizontal. However, the near miss was resolved and both aircraft continued for a safe landing.

Meanwhile this week, an Iberia Express Airbus A321 from Madrid to Snta Cruz de la Palma had to return to Madrid, landing about 70 minutes after takeoff, after the aircraft suffered a bird strike whilst climbing from the runway.

Whilst carrying out their routine emergency procedure, the crew became aware that the fairing on one of the engines had been damaged and so requested a return to Madrid, where the aircraft landed safely.

This incident follows on from one involving a Ryanair jet from Barcelona and another affecting a British Airways plane from Alicante, also this week.