2016-10-05 Aer Lingus A320 and Air Dolomiti E195 in serious runway incursion at Brussels
The incoming Aer Lingus came into conflict with a departing Air Dolomiti / Lufthansa Regional aircraft at Brussels Airport.
In darkness but in good visibility (CAVOK) conditions, the Aer Lingus Airbus A320 was on final approach to runway 01 at Brussels-Zaventem Intl Airport, Belgium. A minute earlier ATC had cleared a Lufthansa Regional Embraer E-195 (operated by franchise company Air Dolomiti) to line-up on runway 07R(ight) via the taxiway „Charlie 6“.
When the A320 was closing in towards the runway threshold, a conflict alert sounded in the tower. The tower controller immediately ordered the Airbus pilots to go-around and climb because the Embraer unexpectedly already began its take-off run.
It appears, at no time a take-off clearence was given to the Embraer pilots.
Both runway cross each other after 980 resp. 590 meters. The Lufthansa Regional / Air Dolmiti flight continued its take-off and proceeded normally to its destination.
The Aer Lingus flight climbed to 2600 ft. and returned to land safely about seven minutes later. No one was hurt.
A eye-witness who was a passenger on Aer Lingus flight describes he felt the go-around was initiated „less than half a minute from touchdown“ , he went on saying the captain then explained to the cabin that „someone was blocking our approach“.
The incident is being investigated by belgian authorities AAIU Belgium.
ATC Radio Transcript Brussels Tower :
(Note: this transcript is inofficial and can contain inadequate data)
Tower: „Lufthansa 4 Tango X-Ray (LH 2293) Charlie six, line-up and wait runway 07 right.“
Tower: „Shamrock (Aer Lingus) 638, cleared to land 01, (wind reading)“
EI 638: „Cleared-to land 01, Shamrock 638.“
About 50 seconds later an aural alarm was heared in the tower indicating a conflict alert on the runway.
Tower: „Shamrock 638 Go-around Sir, go-around.“
EI 638: „Going around.“
LH 2293: „Lufthansa 4 Tango X-Ray ..?“
Tower: (unintelligible) „..ah you were not cleared to take-off I’m sorry to say.“
Tower: „Yeah, you can continue now (the take-off) Sir.“
1 minute later
Tower: „Lufthansa 4 Tango X-Ray, contact departue now 126.625.“
LH 2293: „126.625 Lufthansa 4 Tango X-Ray, sorry for misunderstanding.“
Tower: „No problem, I just want to inform you that I have to write a report (unintelligible) you do the same for your side.“
LH 2293: „Ja, we do the same, thank you very much.“
METAR Burssels Intl Airport (EBBR):
METAR EBBR 051820Z 06005KT CAVOK 09/04 Q1029 NOSIG=
METAR EBBR 051850Z 06005KT CAVOK 08/04 Q1029 NOSIG=
Date: 2016-10-05 Time: 20:40
Location: EBBR BRU Brussels Airport
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: none
Flight no.: EI 638
From: EIDW/DUB: Dublin To: EBBR/BRU: Brussels Airport
Operator: Aer Lingus
Flight no.: LH 2293
From: EBBR/BRU: Brussels Airport To: EDDM/MUC: Munich International Airport
Operator: Air Dolomiti (Lufthansa Regional)
Type: Airbus A320
Age a/c: 13.6 years
Constr. No.: 1983
Type: Embraer E-195
Age a/c: 7.6 years
Constr. No.: 19000280
Occupants & Casualties
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 21st safety occurence for the operator(AerLingus)
- 6th safety occurence for the operator(AirDolomiti)
- 534th safety occurence of type (A320)
- 51st safety occurence of type (E195)
- 23rd safety occurence at Brussels Intl Airport
- 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question(EI-EZW)
– 2007-09-30 runway incursion at Tel Tel Aviv (as I-EEFZ)
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question(I-ADJO)
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