2014-07-05 Argentine A340 and russian B763 in serious runway incursion at Barcelona, Spain


2014-07-05 Argentine A340 and russian B763 in serious runway incursion at Barcelona, Spain


in fine weather, a serious runway incursion occured ta Barcelona´s El Prat Intl Airport.

The Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 was taxiing along taxiway „Kilo“, crossed the threshold of runway 02 for the 1st time. Then the pilots intended to depart from runway 25R (instead of the shorter 25L) and turned left into taxiway „Delta“, crossing the active runway 02 for a 2nd time.
After 800 meters, the A340 turned right into taxiway „Mike“ which brings the flight to the beginning of their intended departure runway.

Therefore runway 02 was crossed for a 3rd time.  At the same time the UTair flight was over the approach lights of runway 02. When the pilots saw the Airbus A340 entered the active landing runway (on which they already were cleared to land), an immediate go-around was initiated to avoid a runway collision.

The Boeing 767 landed safely on its 2nd attempt on runway 02 a few minutes later.

Runway 02 is rarely used for landings and most pilots commonly do not request crossing clearance or check for active traffic on that runway.

Spanish authorities played down the occurence stating the 767 could have landed safely because the crossing A340 was far enough down the runway. 

The distance between the touchdown point and taxiway „Mike“ intersection is about 650 Meters.

The total distance available on runway 02 is 2540 meters.

However, the landing distance required for a medium laden Boeing 767-300 in optimum weather conditions and with flaps 30 is (according tro Boeing specifications) about 1450 meters.

Spanish authorities have begun an investigation. Initial press reports reveal that tower controller first cleared the 767 to land then issued a taxi clearace to the A340 incorporating the crossing of the active runway 02.

For noise abatemant reasons during night time (23:00  – 07:00)  the preferred landing direction is 02 while most departures where cleared from runway 07R. 


Date: 2014-07-05 Time: 06:52:00
Location: LEBL BCN Barcelona
Country: Spain
Flight phase Aircraft 1: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Flight phase Aircraft 2: TXI – Taxi, Power Back

Damage to both a/c: none

Flight Aircraft 1
Flight no.: UT 5187
From: UUDD/DME: Moscow Domodedovo To: LEBL/BCN: Barcelona
Type: Passenger
Operator: UTAir Aviation

Flight Aircraft 2

Flight no.: AR 1163
From: LEBL/BCN: Barcelona To: SAEZ/: Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini
Type: Passenger
Operator: Aerolineas Argentinas


Aircraft 1

Type: Boeing 767-300

Registration: VQ-BSX
Age a/c: 16,3 years
Constr. No.: 28207

Aircraft 2

Type: Airbus A340-200
Registration: LV-FPV
Age a/c: 16.7534 years
Constr. No.: 193


Crew Pax Other Total
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

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JACDEC 20year Statistics:

  • 2002-09-01 at LEBL/BCN ATC erroneously cleared an EZY B737 to taxi on a departure runway where a CSA B734 was about to land in reciprocal direction
  • 2012-05-27 at LEBL/BCN an Air France A320 was erroneously cleared to cross the active runway 02, where a RYR B738 was on final approach


AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions