2016-08-17 Fokker 50 and A320 in runway incursion at Adelaide

2016-08-17 Fokker 50 and A320 in runway incursion at Adelaide

2016-08-17 Fokker 50 and A320 in runway incursion at Adelaide


The taxiing Fokker 50 mistakenly entered an active runway where the A320 was about to land forcing the latter to make an missed approach to avoid a potential conflict.

UPDATE 2016-11-22:

ATSB Final report is released HERE


ATSB comment

The A320 crew are to be commended for their actions in preventing a potentially more serious incident occurring.

The flight crew of FKV thought they were cleared to cross the runway probably because of the bay allocation at the end of the hold short instruction. An effective sighting of the aircraft on final approach may have led them to query their understood instruction to cross the runway. The SMC heard one word in response and mis-heard it as ‘short’ rather than ‘cross’ and that assumed ‘hold’ had been clipped from the transmission.

The SMC did not question the pilots about the missing word as they had some previous experiences of the beginning of transmissions being clipped. As there was a ‘quiet tower’ communications system, there was no opportunity for the ADC to hear this pilot read-back to the SMC and notice the misunderstandings before the runway incursion.

The ADC was in the process of handover/takeover and was not watching the landing A320 or the runway as they assumed FKV would hold short and that the runway was clear.

Safety message

The risk of runway incursions and other separation events can be minimised through good communication. This incident highlights the importance of:

• controllers and flight crews using correct phraseology
• controllers and pilots challenging instructions which they have not heard or understood fully
• pilots looking carefully for aircraft or other hazards before entering an active runway.

Australian ATSB published a first summary report of a runway incursion at Adelaide intl Airport.

Alliance Airlines flight 3201 was landing on runway 12 and exited the runway at the last taxiway to the left (taxiway „Delta 2“).

The Fokker 50 was instructed to hold before crossing the other runway 23 where a Jetstar flight 774 was already cleared to land.

Due to circumstances yet to investigate, the Fokker failed to hold before runway 23 and entered the active runway in an apparent attempt to proceed to the main apron.

The Airbus A320 was forced to discontinue its approach and made a go-around.  The Fokker cleared runway 23 and the confilict was over.

The incident is under investigation.


METAR Adelaide-Intl Airport (YPAD):

17/08/2016 09:30->
METAR YPAD 180000Z 36020G30KT CAVOK 21/03 Q1009 NOSIG=
17/08/2016 10:00->
METAR YPAD 180030Z 36023G33KT CAVOK 21/03 Q1009 NOSIG=


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Aircraft Involved

© T. Haynes | Aussieairliners.org

Type: Fokker 50
Registration: VH-FKV
Age a/c: 25.7 years
Constr. No.: 202034

© M Nazarinia | Planespotters.net

Type: Airbus A320
Registration: VH-VGI
Age a/c: 5.8 years
Constr. No.: 44661

Occupants & Casualties

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

Date: 2016-08-17 Time: 09:28
Location: YPAD ADL Adelaide
Country: Australia
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.:
UTY 3201
YOLD/OLP: Olympic Dam To: YPAD/ADL: Adelaide
Alliance Airlines (Australia)

Flight no.: JST 774
From: YMML/MEL: Melbourne To: YPAD/ADL: Adelaide
Type: Passenger
Operator: Jetstar Airways

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • x safety occurence for the operator(Alliance)
  • x safety occurence for the operator(Jetstar)
  • x safety occurence of type (F-50)
  • x safety occurence of type (A320)
  • x Safety occurence at Jakarta-Halim Airport
  • x safety occurence for aircraft in question(VH-FKV)
  • x safety occurence for aircraft in question(VH-VGI)

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