The video below shows F-4 Phantom nearly collides with a Mosque’s Minaret during low-level flying.
The head-up display (HUD) footage is from an upgraded Turkish F-4 Phantom.
All seems to be well until seemingly out of nowhere a large mosque appears. The jet pitches up at the very last moment, just narrowly missing its towering minarets, one of which was dead-on in the line of flight of the Turkish Phantom. It is truly a terrifying moment to behold, although the crew’s reaction was astonishingly lighthearted.
Reports state that the aircraft was one of three F-4E Terminator 2020 Phantom variants involved in a practice flight for a flyover for a military parade in Ankara scheduled on October 29th, 2004.
The incident occurred two days prior. The jet so narrowly missed the minaret that pieces of its ornamental crescent were flung as the jet roared by, injuring a couple of people on the ground.