We were on a morning BA flight December 28, 2006 from Heathrow to Rome. Over the Italian Alps I was looking out the window and saw a plane rapidly approaching from the right. I swear that it was no more than 50 feet below us as it passed directly under us, but more like the distance a parked plane on the tarmac is from an airport window. I was sure the top of it's tail would hit the underbelly of our plane. I also expected turbulence as it passed but there was none. Of course with the speed of planes it was maybe a 5 second experience. The teenaged young man sitting next to me at the window looked at me in awe and said, "that was a plane!" but of course my sleeping husband didn't see it. I've checked on the internet but there is no mention of a near miss. I'm just wondering since the tail of that plane passed under the tail of our plane and maybe one or both planes were on autopilot, if the pilots may have missed it totally or why it wouldn't the story be out there. Or is it that every near miss doesn't make the news?
Please don't think I'm a flake! I've flown many thousands of miles.