Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mum, That's a Plane! Teenager Tells of Close Call

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mum, That's a Plane! Teenager Tells of Close Call

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Byline: Claudia Alp claudia.alp@whitsundaytimes.com.au

A PASSENGER who saw an aircraft, involved in a near miss with his plane to Proserpine, out the window last Thursday has spoken out.

Collinsville teenager Jessi Horvat, 15, was in a window seat on the right-hand side of a Virgin Boeing 737 when it lost required separation with a Qantas Boeing 737 over the Ipswich suburb of Amberley, 66km from Brisbane Airport.

He said he looked out of the window just in time for a break in the clouds only to see another plane - the Qantas 737 - pass by, a bit too close for comfort.

"It must have just been perfect timing or something," Jessi told the Whitsunday Times.

"I've just looked at the right time and saw it and said 'mum, that's a plane!'.

"I think it was about 50-100m away.

"It was quite cloudy, darker clouds.

"It wasn't raining at the time.

"I wasn't shocked or scared or anything, I was kind of confused."

The incident happened over Amberley as the Qantas plane was flying into Brisbane from Melbourne and the Virgin plane departed Brisbane for Proserpine.

The aircraft were flying at an altitude of 16,900 feet and 16,500 feet, meaning at their closest point, they were 122m apart.

The Virgin flight, scheduled to depart Brisbane Airport at 1.28pm, had taken off around 1.43pm due to bad weather.

The Qantas flight had been scheduled to land in Brisbane at 2.20pm.

Jessi's mum Lorraine, who was also on the flight, said she hadn't thought much of it at the time, but when she saw the story online, she immediately called Jessi.

"I didn't see it, so I didn't realise it was that close," Mrs Horvat said.

"But when I saw the story I remembered Jessi said something about a plane.

"No-one (on the flight) mentioned anything that we could hear. He (Jessi) has said since then 'I'm never flying again'! …

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