Now what I can't understand is how can a pilot land a plane on a closed runway that clearly has BIG X's marks and he actually landed during the day???!!! Is this a common mistake by pilots and where else has this happened?
This is the full report from Gulf News:
"""Plane is damaged after it lands on unfinished runway
By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter
Dubai: An aircraft was damaged when it landed on a new runway at Dubai International Airport that is not yet open for use.
The Kish Airlines plane suffered a fuel leak and broken landing gear during the incident at about 1.30pm on Sunday. Officials have launched an investigation but said human error was to blame.
None of the 70 passengers and 12 crew on board the flight from Tabriz in Iran were hurt during the landing.
A spokeswoman for Dubai Civil Aviation said the aircraft had landed on a smooth surface but the runway was littered with construction materials. The runway is due to open by the end of 2007.
"It was a small aircraft and so the landing gear broke and there was a fuel leakage from a tank in the wing. The initial investigation says it's human error but the investigation is still going on," she said.
Six tyres of the airline's landing gear burst and one wheel is thought to have come loose and hit the right wing, causing the fuel leak, which was attended to "immediately" by the airport's fire brigade.
The passengers disembarked normally. The aircraft has been kept on site for inspection by the General Civil Aviation Authority, which is investigating the incident. Other flights were unaffected.
In 2004 a Kish Airlines Fokker F50 aircraft crashed close to Sharjah International Airport, killing 43 of the 46 people on board."""
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4841 times:
Ah the humiliation! That is pretty interesting that he didn't notice anything wrong with the runway......maybe with a little practice he could be an excellent IFR pilot (better than he is), because he apparently doesn't look out the window a whole lot! Perhaps it's time for a visit to the eye doctor.....
ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4733 times:
Quoting EK156 (Thread starter): In 2004 a Kish Airlines Fokker F50 aircraft crashed close to Sharjah International Airport, killing 43 of the 46 people on board."""
I love how, in every aviation-related article, they cite a crash or incident involving the airline at the very end. As if they are trying to say that it's a good thing nobody got hurt and it's a trend among this airline's planes.
All in all, good nobody got hurt. Anyone know what plane was involved?
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Jacks757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4455 times:
I know ATC is busy, but wouldn't they notice an aircraft approaching the closed runway? You can hardly compare DXB to SMF, but in Sacramento they have 16R/34L closed for most of the day due to repaving. I have heard the tower ask many times, "Are you lining up for the closed runway?"
EK156 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2005, 765 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4394 times:
The 2 runways in Dubai are quite close to each other. But if the Pilot was making an ILC approach he should be okay. However if it was a visual then he might have mixed up the runways. Then again, if he noticed he was going to land on the wrong one, why didn't he call in for a missed approach?
Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3162 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4338 times:
The aircraft is now parked on the air show ramp. I only saw it from far yesterday but when looking at the closed runway (which planes cross when taxiing to the active 30R for departure), you can't help but wonder. It is very clearly marked as closed, and it's a miracle that not more happened, with all the construction equipment and workers around, and the short length of tarmac available.
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