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 clearance was given to the Embraer pilots.
Both runways cross each other after 980 resp. 590 meters. The Lufthansa Regional / Air Dolomiti 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.
An 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 was caused by the take-off without clearance of an aircraft instructed to “line up and wait” on Runway 07R while an aircraft was in final approach of Runway 01.„
- Not using a mnemonic and/or cross-check for the take-off clearance by the DLH4TX crew.
- Limited traffic information/situational awareness given when delivering ATC clearances.
- Inadequate doubt-clearing management in the cockpit.
- The unfamiliarity of the crew with the airport.
- Authorizing aircraft to line up on RWY 07R at a short distance from the intersection with RWY 01 without correlation with landing traffic on this latter.
- Intersection and status of RWY 01 not indicated on RWY 07R.
- The complex taxiway layout (junction connecting 6 taxiways right before C6, the oblique angled entry taxiway including a part of the taxiway centerline lights).
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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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