Thursday 22 March 2018

Close call as Aer Lingus and Ryanair planes alerted over 'close proximity' to each other in Dublin airspace

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Two Irish planes had a close call last week when they came into close proximity of each other over Dublin.

On Monday, February 6 an Aer Lingus and Ryanair plane were 700 feet apart vertically and one mile apart laterally in the very busy Dublin air space.

The recommended minimum is 1000 feet vertically and three miles laterally in most airspace.

The Aer Lingus Airbus A320 from Milan flight #EI433 and Ryanair Boeing 737 from Venice #FR9451 were guided safely by air traffic controllers to avoid a collision.

In a video released to, you can hear air traffic controllers guiding the planes and alerting them to the situation.

A Ryanair spokesperson told "This flight from Venice Treviso to Dublin last Monday (6 Feb) was on approach to Dublin Airport under the direction of Dublin ATC when it was instructed by ATC to 'go around'. The crew performed a routine ‘go around’ and landed normally shortly afterwards."

An Aer Lingus spokesperson said: "Aer Lingus can confirm that flight EI 433, from Milan to Dublin on 6th February adhered to air traffic control instructions at all times and landed normally at 13:56."

The Air Accident Investigation Unit said they are not investigating the issue.

The AAIU are aware of the event and considered the circumstances but the severity (lack thereof) of the event is such that it will not be the subject of an AAIU investigation.

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