Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6431 posts, RR: 54 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1438 times:
From Jyllands-Posten, major Danish daily:
Linata Airport has repeatedly had problems with aircrafts in darger of collision while maneuvering on runway and taxiways. In June last year there was a serious incident which called for a major investigation. The investigation revealed 45 incidents, says the Internet issue of IL Nuevo.
After the incident last summer the controllers defended themselves telling that tower staffing was too small for the traffic.
Dario Balotta from the controllers' union said that LIN is used as training ground for new controllers for the whole country.
The information, that the ground radar was inoperative, combined with too little staffing, made Osvaldo Gammino react - he represents the LIN airport users: "Until now we believed that the safety level in the airport was fully satisfactory. Now we must have a look at the safety routines again and see what shall be improved", he said.
It wasn't only the ground radar which was inoperative. New information tells that an electronic sound warning system telling controllers where planes passed was also inoperative. Also insufficient signs may have caused the Cessna crew problems finding their right way around in the airport.
The investigation may take a long time. The Italian investigators are short of manpower because they simultaneously also must investigate two helicopter crashes.
That was what I consider the most important news found in the very comprehensive coverage of the LIN tragic found in the Danish papers today. 19 of the casualties were Danish, 16 pax and 3 F/As.
Regards, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm