I have recently developed a bad fear of flying even though I have flown many times before. After reading about mid air collision between a GOL airliner and a private jet in 2006 over Brazil, I keep thinking that it can happen to me...
What are the chances of mid air collisions? Are all airliners flying over the ocean equipped with a collision warning or some kind of a warning system?
My flight is about ten hours long - are pilots allowed to take a nap during the flight or are they always alert? How far apart are the planes when they are usually flying over the Atlantic or anywhere else? When I look at the traffic map, it seems they are all on each others tail and go down the same corridor.
Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.
GOL Flight 1907 Part 1
I have answered this question in a previous post in “How airplanes avoid colliding in the air?” and spoke about the use of TCAS (Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System) to reduce accidents. Yes, it was most unfortunate that the TCAS did not work in the Brazilian midair collision involving GOL and the private jet. If you watch the video below, it explains clearly why TCAS failed to work when it was most needed.
Please read another posting on whether pilots are allowed to take a nap here.
Over the Atlantic, planes are usually kept about 10 minutes apart (or at approximately 80 nautical miles spacing) but when it is under positive radar control, the spacing can go down to 5 nm or even 3 nm during the approach to land.
GOL Flight 1907 Part 2
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