A German executive jet was flipped on to its back, rolled and plunged 10,000 ft but did not crash after hitting turbulence caused by a superjumbo.
The dramatic incident happened when the German aircraft, a Bombardier Challenger 604, was struck by powerful turbulence when a superjumbo flew over it.
The near-disaster, in which passengers were seriously injured and the plane was damaged beyond repair, took place on January 7.
Despite happening around nearly three months ago, word of the incredible incident spread in the aviation world and was finally reported by Aviation World.
The private jet was carrying 11 passengers and crew and cruising at 34,000ft near Oman when it passed an Airbus A380, which is understood to have been an Emirates flight from Dubai to Sydney.
The superjumbo was flying 1,000ft higher in the opposite direction when the Challenger was reportedly turned upside down and performed up to five complete rolls as it plunged towards the sea.
The pilots, whose skill have been praised, managed to stabilise the aircraft after cutting one of its two engines.
They landed in Muscat, with several injured passengers on board.
The incident was especially dangerous at the cruising altitudes which are known as ‘coffin corner’ because any sudden movement from normal flight carries a high risk.
Flight Service Bureau, an information source for air operators, heaped praise on the crew.
“This is a recovery that is in the same category as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’,” referring to the feat in which a US pilot landed his plane safely on the Hudson river in 2009.”
The near-crash, which is being investigated by the German air accident agency, has raised concerns about the Airbus 380, the world’s largest passenger jet.
Industry experts are now calling for moves by regulators to counter the danger caused by the wakes of big airliners.