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B190 / B190, Auckland NZ, 2007

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Summary
On 1 August 2007, the crew of a Beech 1900 aircraft holding on an angled taxiway at Auckland International Airport mistakenly accepted the take-off clearance for another Beech 1900 that was waiting on the runway and which had a somewhat similar call sign. The pilots of both aircraft read back the clearance. The aerodrome controller heard, but did not react to, the crossed transmissions. The holding aircraft entered the runway in front of the cleared aircraft, which had commenced its take-off. The pilots of both aircraft took avoiding action and stopped on the runway without any damage or injury.
Event Details
When August 2007
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Air-Ground Communication, Human Factors, Runway Incursion
Day/Night Day
Flight Conditions On Ground - Normal Visibility
Flight Details
Aircraft BEECH 1900
Operator Eagle Airways
Domicile New Zealand
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Auckland Airport
Take off Commenced No
Flight Airborne No
Flight Completed No
Flight Phase Take Off
TOF
Flight Details
Aircraft BEECH 1900
Operator Eagle Airways
Domicile New Zealand
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Auckland Airport
Take off Commenced No
Flight Airborne No
Flight Completed No
Flight Phase Taxi
TXI
Location - Airport
Airport Auckland Airport
General
Tag(s) Aircraft-aircraft near miss
AGC
Tag(s) Call Sign Confusion,
Incorrect Readback missed,
Take off without clearance
HF
Tag(s) Inappropriate ATC Communication,
Ineffective Monitoring
RI
Tag(s) Incursion pre Take off,
Near Miss,
Phraseology
Outcome
Damage or injury No
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s) Aircraft Operation,
Air Traffic Management
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s) Aircraft Operation,
Air Traffic Management,
Airport Management
Investigation Type
Type Independent

Description

On 1 August 2007, the crew of a BEECH 1900 aircraft holding on an angled taxiway at Auckland International Airport mistakenly accepted the take-off clearance for another Beech 1900 that was waiting on the runway and which had a somewhat similar call sign. The pilots of both aircraft read back the clearance. The aerodrome controller heard, but did not react to, the crossed transmissions. The holding aircraft entered the runway in front of the cleared aircraft, which had commenced its take-off. The pilots of both aircraft took avoiding action and stopped on the runway without any damage or injury.

Contributory factors were the non-adherence to standard procedures for radiotelephony (RTF) use and the issue of an air traffic clearance, the use of an angled taxiway for runway entry, and the captain of the aircraft entering the runway not seeing the aircraft already lined up on the runway.

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