2016-10-11 China Eastern A320 and A330 in runway incursion at Shanghai

2016-10-11 China Eastern A320 and A330 in runway incursion at Shanghai

2016-10-11 China Eastern A320 and A330 in runway incursion at Shanghai


Both aircraft missed each other by only a narrow margin on the ground at Shanghai Airport, China.

UPDATED 2016-10-16

China Eastern flight MU5106 from Beijing has landed normally on runway 36R(right) and was taxiing off the runway to the left.

At the same time, China Eastern flight MU5643 to Tianjin was cleared for take-off on the parallel runway 36L(eft). The A330 meanwhile vacated runway 36R via taxiway „Bravo 3“ and turned left into taxiway „Hotel 3“.(see chart)

Due to yet unclear circumstances, the A330 failed to hold short before runway 36L and continued its taxi route crossing the active take-off runway.

At the time the pilots who just accelerating down the runway noticed the A330 did move into their path, it was already too late to abort the take-off.

The A320 pushed the throttles to full power, rotated and lifted off  at a point of about 300 meters (1000 ft) ahead of the crossing A330. The A320 already has reached a flyable speed and it cleared the A330 by only about 60 feet (19 m), according to a statement by the CAAC authority. MU 5643 (A320) continued its flight to Tianjin without further incident while MU5106 (A330) crossed runway 36L, reaching its parking stand without complications.

Weather conditions at the airport were reported good.

Chinese Authority CAAC rated the incident as „serious“ and opened an investigation. The following day, CAAC released a preliminary media statement blaming local tower controller to be at fault.

METAR Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (ZSSS):

11/10/2016 12:30->
METAR ZSSS 110430Z 06004G09MPS 320V100 CAVOK 25/11 Q1018
11/10/2016 12:00->
METAR ZSSS 110400Z 06005MPS CAVOK 25/11 Q1018 NOSIG=

Date: 2016-10-11 Time: 12:04
Location: ZSSS SHA Shanghai Hongqiao
Country: China
Flight phase: TXI – Taxi, Power Back
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: MU 5106
From: ZBAA/PEK: Beijing To: ZSSS/SHA: Shanghai Hongqiao
Type: Passenger
Operator: China Eastern Airlines

Flight no.: MU 5643
From: ZSSS/SHA: Shanghai Hongqiao To: ZBTJ/TSN: Tianjin
Type: Passenger
Operator: China Eastern Airlines

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Aircraft Involved

© AIRSHI | Jetphotos.net

Type: Airbus A330-300
Registration: B-6506
Age a/c: 8.3 years
Constr. No.: 936

© Rintaros | Flyteam-JP

Type: Airbus A320
Registration: B-2337
Age a/c: 15.9 years
Constr. No.: 1357

Occupants & Casualties

 MU A330 Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  –  – 147 266
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0
 MU A320 Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  –  – 266 147
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 31nd safety occurence for the operator(China Eastern)
  • 32nd safety occurence for the operator(China Eastern)
  • 209th safety occurence of type (A330)
  • 533rd safety occurence of type (A320)
  • 11th safety occurence at Shanghai-Hongqiao AP
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question(B-5606)
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question(B-2337)

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