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Barcelona 'near miss' video: Planes appear to avoid collision

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Media captionFootage of the "near miss" at Barcelona's El Prat Airport (courtesy of Miguel Angel Ramirez Ruiz)

A plane spotter has captured footage of an apparent "near miss" between two planes at Barcelona airport,

The footage shows a Boeing 767 from the Russian airline UTair coming in to land on a runway at El Prat airport.

But as the plane prepares to touch down, an Aerolineas Argentineas Airbus A340 is seen taxiing across the runway, while the Russian jet pulls up.

However, officials were quoted as saying the manoeuvre was normal and passengers were not in danger.

None of the passengers on either plane were hurt.

Sources at Spanish airport authority AENA told La Vanguardia newspaper that the planes were more than 1km ( 0.6 miles) apart at all times, and that the angle of the shot makes the planes appear closer to each other than they actually were.

Both planes were in the correct position and the Russian jet could have landed safely, the sources said. Neither of the two airlines had lodged a complaint, they added.

However, it is not clear why the pilot of the Russian plane took the decision to abort the landing.

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