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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 an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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