Wrong way go back BA averts disaster after runway mixup

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F British Airways has been ordered to review its airfield inspections process after a Boeing 777 took off from St Kitts on the wrong runway.The aircraft left the Caribbean island with 87 passengers on board on a section of runway that was not long enough for a Boeing 777, an accident report said. Subsequently, the aircraft was left with approximately 1,220 metres (1,334 yards) of take-off room, 695 metres (760 yards) less than if it had departed from the correct intersection. The mix-up, which was labelled as a “serious incident” by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch occurred on a BA flight to Antigua on 26 September last year.According to the accident report, the 39 year old BA co-pilot realised the mix-up when he saw grass at the end of the runway under the plane’s nose.”At this time he realised that something was not right and realised that, although the aircraft was airborne, the end of the runway was closer than normal,” the AAIB said.A number of failings, emerged from the report including: airport authorities not installing any taxiway or holding point signs at St Kitts, the crew not discussing their taxi routine and the crew misidentifying taxiway Bravo for taxiway Alpha. The report also revealed that it was the first time the captain and co-pilot had operated to or from St Kitts and the trainee air traffic control officer didn’t the flight crew they were at intersection Bravo.Earlier this week British Airways was involved in another gaffe were passengers onboard a Hong Kong bound aircraft were told they were going to crash. last_img

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