Friday Funny: Top Aircraft Near Collisions

No matter what technology is deployed to avoid danger, aircraft goof ups can still occur. Here are some close calls.

Rob Spiegel

February 12, 2021

Take a look at these near aircraft collisions. I know the common term is “near miss,” but that’s a misnomer. A “near miss” is actually a complete miss.

I remember riding in a plane that was coming in for a landing. Just as we were about to touchdown, the pilot abruptly pulled the plane back into the air. We were all waiting to find out what happened. After a couple of minutes, the pilot spoke: “Sorry about that, folks. As we came in for a landing, we noticed there was a small plane on our landing strip.”

Glad he was paying attention. Our near mishap didn’t make it to this amazing list.

Rob Spiegel has covered manufacturing for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include automation, supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

Sign up for the Design News Daily newsletter.

You May Also Like