2016-04-27 two Delta Air Lines MDs in runway conflict at Atlanta

2016-04-27 two Delta Air Lines MDs in runway conflict at Atlanta

2016-04-27 two Delta Air Lines MDs in runway conflict at Atlanta


Two Delta Air Lines aircraft, one taxiing to the terminal the other about to take-off, came into ground conflict to each other after ATC error at Atlanta Airport, GA, USA.

Delta Air Lines flight DL 873 was lining-up for departure on runway 27R(ight) at Atlanta-Hartsfield intl Airport, GA, USA when another Delta flight DL 749 was about to vacate the parallel runway 27L(left) after landing.

The latter aircraft (MD-88) proceeded via taxiway „Tango“ to the main terminal when air traffic control cleared the other Delta flight for take-off.

The tower controller then cleared Delta 749 to cross the departure runway 27R to continue taxiing despite the former aircraft was already into its take-off run.

When the departing MD-90 has gained speed, the tower  instructed the pilots to cancel their take-off imemdiately because the MD-88 just crossed their runway ahead of them.

The MD-90 has already reached over 100 knots speed when the pilots hit the brakes.  The aircraft decelerated to taxi speed before the intersection with taxiway „Tango“

No collision occured.

The MD-90 left the runway to taximay „Mike“ again and remained stationary for over half an hour to cool the heated brakes before the flight could take-off again to its destination.

The tower controller apologized multiple times admitting it was his fault and was relieved from duty thereafter.

Date: 2016-04-27 Time: 10:30
Location: KATL ATL Atlanta-Hartsfield Intl Airport
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: TXI – Taxi, Power Back
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: DL 749
From: KMIA/MIA: Miami Intl To: KATL/ATL: Atlanta-Hartsfield Intl Airport
Type: Passenger
Operator: Delta Air Lines

Flight no.: DL 873
From: KATL/ATL: Atlanta-Hartsfield Intl Airport To: KMIA/MIA: Miami Intl
Type: Passenger
Operator: Delta Air Lines

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Aircraft Involved

© QSY on-route | Flickr

Type: McDD MD-88
Registration: N913DE
Age a/c: 23,4 years
Constr. No.: 49956

© GeorgeM757 | Flickr

Type: McDD MD-90
Registration: N940DN
Age a/c: 19,0 years
Constr. No.: 53359

Occupants & Casualties

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

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 154th safety occurence for the operator(Delta Air Lines)
  • 155th safety occurence for the operator(Delta Air Lines)
  • 46th safety occurence of type (MD-88)
  • 23rd safety occurence of type (MD-90)
  • 42nd safety occurence at Atlanta-Hartsfield AP, GA
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question(N913DE)
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question(N940DN)

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