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Airbus A319 Evades Ultralight Collision During Initial Climb

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German investigators have detailed a serious low-level airprox incident at Stuttgart during which a Germanwings Airbus A319's collision-avoidance system ordered the crew to descend while just 1,200ft above ground. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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GraemeSmith
Graeme Smith 3
"Pay as you go ATC" in Europe leads to bandit flying under shelves and around airspaces. While I am NOT claiming that is what occurred here - I would not be surprised to find that this is what the Ultralight was up to.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 5
If on the same level, wouldn't crossing behind also be risk for the ultralight because of the A319's wake?
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 1
I'm sure it would just fold up. Deservedly so...
btweston
btweston -1
Do you always talk about people dying in such a cavalier fashion?
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 13
When someone calling himself/herself a pilot knowingly and intentionally jeopardizes not just their own life but that of dozens or hundreds of people on a commercial aircraft as well as on the ground, then I have little sympathy if that deliberate act should get them killed.

The only circumstance under which the ultralight would fold up due to wake turbulence would be if a near collision just occurred and a huge tragedy was barely avoided.
carlsonj
James Carlson 2
I think it'll be easier to get used to "airprox" in place of "NMAC" than it was to say "apron" instead of "ramp."
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 2
Is this this same incident from some months ago? https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=200652
SorenTwin
SorenTwin 2
The same.
PapaBill
Bill Gardner 1
Thank you, when it said ultralight, I figured it was one of the cloth wing little motor version.
So it was a actual plane just a very small one.
Aerospool WT9 Dynamic
devsfan
ken young 2
What in Sam Hill was an ultralight doing in that airspace in the first damned place.
Something stinks here.
ronbaird1942
ron baird 1
Get used to it, unfortunately, as the amateur drones multiply.
ssobol
Stefan Sobol 1
At least in the US, an ultralight aircraft is unlikely to have a transponder which would mean there would not be any TCAs RA's.
Jhoman0318
Jason Homan 1
Quick thinking captain and first officer likely avoided a disaster, nice work. "BFU says the first officer initiated a descent rate of 1,600ft/min and, shortly afterwards, the enhanced ground-proximity warning system issued a "don’t sink" alert."
"The captain decided that the collision-avoidance system should take priority if the aircraft was at least 400ft above ground..."
jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell 0
someone needs to go to jail.

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