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B757 Vs Lawnmower  
User currently offlineChicagoFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 272 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3134 times:

Just recently we had a Piper vs Ford thread. And now this... Dublin ATC clears a B757 to land (middle of night) when a bunch of lawnmowers have been cutting the grass in the field.

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The driver of the mower was unaware that an aircraft was landing and he did not see the aircraft before it passed his vehicle. It is probable that the starboard wing of the Boeing 757 passed over the ride-on mower during the landing roll.



Here's a preliminary report

On the other hand, Google Image Search for "flying lawnmower" returns lots of excellent results!

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

I noticed the incident happend some two minutes after they were told to clear the runway by the ATCT. This could have been very tragic for the mower driver.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

No VHF communication/Anticol lights on a vehicle on Runway area is a NoGo.
regds
MEL.



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2109 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 2):
No VHF communication/Anticol lights on a vehicle on Runway area is a NoGo.

Even when they do it isn't always great. Admittedly I was in a 2 seat trainer, so it isn't quite as drastic, but I once had to go around for a lawn mower well inside the runway strip, sitting pretty much right at the end of the sealed strip. In the middle of the day no less, and the guy had a radio. I made about half a dozen calls over the frequency (this was at what most of the world would know as an MBZ, but what Australia calls a CTAF(R) ). After I landed I went and suggested to the guy that he was being less than clever - he told me "Oh, I thought if I just stayed where I was, I wouldn't be in your way".

Still doesn't hold a candle to the best one I've ever had - helicopter pilot lets sends his student solo, then decides to wander across the runway. While I was on short final.

Seriously, if I had a dollar for each time I'd seen someone do something crazy on a runway, I'd be able to afford to fly for leisure as well as for work!

V/F



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