2016-05-22 EasyJet and Ryanair near-miss near Berlin-Schoenefeld

2016-05-22 EasyJet and Ryanair near-miss near Berlin-Schoenefeld

2016-05-22 EasyJet and Ryanair near-miss near Berlin-Schoenefeld


Both aircraft came into close proximity when they fell short of separation minima during in a take-off / go-around situation.

According to BFU investigation, EasyJet flight 4553 (an Airbus A319) was waiting for line-up in taxiway „Kilo1“ short of runway 07L(eft) at Berlin Schoenefeld-Intl Airport. The weather was calm and the visibility was good.

After another EasyJet (A319 G-EZBB, flight U2 22101) has landed on that same runway, U2 4553 received its take-off clearance

Tower: „[…] landing is two miles out, wind 150 degrees, 8 knots, runway 07 left, cleared expedite departure, tschuess..[…].“

The crew of flight 4553 acknowledged. 30 seconds later the next arrival for 07L (a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, EI-DAP, flight FR 163) received its landing clearance which was also normally acknowledged.

31 seconds later, at 09:33:06L the Ryanair pilots radioed a missed approach:

FR 163: „[…] going around , turning right now, heading 090.“

Schoenefeld Tower acknowledged and advised to turn right 30 degrees. This was also read back by the flightcrew and a climb was initiated while the EasyJet A319 already had took-off the runway and was climbing. Shortly thereafter both flightpaths nearly converged until a minimum separation distance off 550 ft. vertically and 0,064 NM (~ 103 meters) horizontally. The Ryanair 737 safety landed on runway 07L about 10 minutes later on its 2nd attempt while the EasyJet A319 procceded normally to its destination.

The BFU rated this airprox event as a serious incident.

METAR Berlin-Schoenefled Airport (SXF , EDDB):

22/05/2016 09:20->
METAR EDDB 220720Z 13008KT 110V170 CAVOK 21/11 Q1013 NOSIG=
22/05/2016 09:50->
METAR EDDB 220750Z 13008KT 110V180 CAVOK 23/10 Q1013 NOSIG=

Date: 2016-05-22 Time: 09:33
Location: EDDB SXF Berlin Schoenefeld area
Country: Germany
Flight phase1: TOF – Take-off, Rejected Take-off
Flight phase2:
APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: U2 4553
From: EDDB/SXF: Berlin Schoenefeld To: EKCH/CPH: Kobenhavn Kastrup
Type: Passenger
Operator: EasyJet

Flight no.: FR 163
From: EBBR/BRU: Brussels Airport To: EDDB/SXF: Berlin Schoenefeld
Type: Passenger
Operator: Ryanair

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Airbus A319
Registration: G-EZEN
Age a/c: 12.0 years
Constr. No.: 22454

© S. Morris | Planefinder.net

Type: Boeing 737-800
Registration: EI-DAP
Age a/c: 12.8 years
Constr. No.: 33551

Occupants & Casualties

 ACFT1 Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 6 146 0 152
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0
 ACFT2 Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  6  159 0 165
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 36th safety occurence for the operator(EasyJet)
  • 70th safety occurence for the operator(Ryanair)
  • 153th safety occurence of type (A319)
  • 420th safety occurence of type (B737-800)
  • 7th safety occurence at Berlin-SXF Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question(G-EZEN)
  • 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question(EI-DAP)
    – 2012-09-24 fuel leak en-route in Netherlands Airspace

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