is this normal at airports where runways cross?

So I was just at Zurich holding short at rwy 28 and was cleared for immediate takeoff
I moved forward, lined up, and put throttle to 90% in my 737-800. As I was ~70 knots, I noticed a plane on runway 16 also taking off. I though it was WAY too close to be realistic, for If I had been in the air at that time, I would have come within probably 75 feet of the other airborne plane. I aborted takeoff and taxied back, so no issues with ghosting of anything like that, but just curious if anyone else has had close calls while takeoff/landing?

This is quite normal in the real world when air space is crowed
Take SFO for example:


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Takeoff exact same time

Kudos to you for aborting takeoff and making the right decision. This shouldn’t be happening at controlled fields, I recommend PM’ing the controller and discussing the incident privately.


@Dwane_S SFO may thread the needle with their operations, but at no point would two aircraft be cleared at the same time on intersecting runways.

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Well done on aborting take off roll, I agree that this isn’t exactly the “pushing tin” I like to see. I’d recommend DMing the controller for further clarification. I’m sure it was just a simple mistake and oversight.

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This was Zurich Expert 15 min ago
let me check

Great decision, I agree with @Transport_Hub.
That was the best decision!

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As with everyone else, well done on aborting takeoff. That is probably the only time when aborting is actually an acceptable option lol.

If it was in fact 15 minutes ago, I believe your control was @mkwiecek. Give him a DM when you get a chance.

Edit: Just kidding it wasn’t him lol

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I was not the controller then. I opened about 5 minutes ago

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@lurker was your controller.

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It was me controlling, I pm’d @IF787

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Actually, this happened to me at SFO too! Because of the intersecting runways, both aircraft (me and another one) were cleared for takeoff.

Now, I know my SFO procedures extremely well, so I know that they do not apply here. Also, those procedures when an aircraft departs right before one lands is actually a rule from what I know 🙃

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Problem resolved, thread may close

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