This was on MacTV from Taiwan. (government-run
television broadcasting on Telstar 5 to North America)
On 7/19, a Singapore Airlines 747-400's made
a wrong turn and the wing hit the tailstands at Taipei
airport. That was flight SQ 029. It was also discovered
that another SQ 747-400, same flight #029, had made
the same mistake near the area. However, there were
no contact between the aircraft and objects on the ground.
Less than 24 hours later, on 7/20, a United Airlines
Boeing 777 also had a close call on the wrong taxiway
at Taipei. After the 777 had landed, the controller
instructed the UA pilots to exit the runway via taxiway
S4, head towards S4, WC, SS, before finally parking
at B5. However, the pilot made an error and made
a direct turn from S4 and entered 615. The tower
saw the mistake and immediately ordered the pilots to
halt. A "Follow-Me" truck was dispatched and the 777
followed it to the correct parking area. Witnesses
reported the 777 had nearly collided with a parked
airport vehicle(large transfer bus) and a large light
pole, if the tower had not stopped the plane in time.
The UA pilots have admitted to making the error and
UA is reported to be investigating this incident.
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2894 times:
Why can't Taipei airport to make paint maker on pavement name of taxiway "S4, WC, etc...."? So the pilots would clear to read on centerline taxiway with ID. What a shame Taipei airport had poor design!
Ryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 460 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2543 times:
I'm not sure if ICAO regulates it, but frequency of taxiway signs is less at TPE than at other airports I've flown into. Usually they should be at every intersection, but many ones at TPE don't have them, I've noticed.