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Fighter Jet Nearly Collides With A Commercial Airliner

Look to the left side of the video for a contrail and watch as an Italian fighter jet nearly collides with a commercial airliner over the skies of Europe. It turns out that the French controller and the Italian fighter pilot had a miscommunication about transponder and altitude reporting information.

Because the F-16 had a malfunctioning transponder, the airline pilots never received a TCAS warning about the approaching jet...

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and commercial pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He holds multi-engine and instrument ratings, and is an aviation student at the University of North Dakota. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures at

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