2016-10-05 Aer Lingus A320 and Air Dolomiti E195 in serious runway incursion at Brussels

2016-10-05 Aer Lingus A320 and Air Dolomiti E195 in serious runway incursion at Brussels

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.

UPDATE 2017-03-30

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 is being investigated by Belgian authorities AAIU Belgium, a Final Report has been published on 2017-03-30. Download Final Report (PDF)


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.

Contributing Factors:

  • 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):

05/10/2016 20:20->
METAR EBBR 051820Z 06005KT CAVOK 09/04 Q1029 NOSIG=
05/10/2016 20:50->
METAR EBBR 051850Z 06005KT CAVOK 08/04 Q1029 NOSIG=

Date: 2016-10-05 Time: 20:40
Location: EBBR BRU Brussels Airport
Country: Belgium
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
Type: Passenger
Operator: Aer Lingus

Flight no.: LH 2293
From: EBBR/BRU: Brussels Airport To: EDDM/MUC: Munich International Airport
Type: Passenger
Operator: Air Dolomiti (Lufthansa Regional)

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Aircraft Involved

© S. Aubry | Planefinder.com

Type: Airbus A320
Registration: EI-EZW
Age a/c: 13.6 years
Constr. No.: 1983

© J-A. Richter | Jacdec.de

Type: Embraer E-195
Registration: I-ADJO
Age a/c: 7.6 years
Constr. No.: 19000280

Occupants & Casualties

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

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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