Friday, August 14, 2015 - 14:46
Schiphol passenger jet near-miss under investigation
The Dutch Safety Board has launched an investigation into an incident at Schiphol airport that involved two passenger aircraft nearly hitting each other. This is according to the Safety Board's Quarterly Report on Aviation Safety. The incident happened on May 10th and is classified as a "serious incident". One plane, an Airbus A320, was given permission to land on runway 18C, but had to restart the landing. At the same time another plane, an Embraer 190, was given permission to take off from runway 24. This could have resulted in the two planes colliding. Luckily one of the employees pointed the Airbus' restarted landing out to the runway controller, and he instructed the Airbus pilots to turn right and the crew of the other aircraft to turn left. It can not be said with certainty whether or not these planes would have collided without intervention. The Safety Board is investigating. In another incident, on June 13th, the air traffic controller gave an Airbus A320 permission to take from a runway that was not yet available. This runway had been inspected by an airport employee and the traffic control had not directly asked the airport to release the runway. As there was no danger, the traffic controller decided to let the takeoff continue. The Safety Board classified this only as an "incident", but is also investigating this matter.