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SF34 / B190, Auckland NZ, 2007

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Summary
On 29 May 2007, a Saab 340 aircraft that was holding on an angled taxiway at Auckland International Airport was inadvertently cleared to line up in front of a landing Raytheon 1900D. The aerodrome controller transmitted an amended clearance, but the transmission crossed with that of the Saab crew reading back the line-up clearance. The pilots of both aircraft took action to avoid a collision and stopped on the runway without any damage or injury.
Event Details
When May 2007
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Human Factors, Runway Incursion
Day/Night Day
Flight Conditions On Ground - Normal Visibility
Flight Details
Aircraft SAAB 340
Operator Air Nelson
Domicile New Zealand
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Auckland Airport
Take off Commenced No
Flight Airborne No
Flight Phase Taxi
TXI
Flight Details
Aircraft BEECH 1900
Operator Eagle Airways
Domicile New Zealand
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Intended Destination Auckland Airport
Take off Commenced Yes
Flight Airborne Yes
Flight Completed Yes
Flight Phase Landing
LDG
Location - Airport
Airport Auckland Airport
General
Tag(s) Aircraft-aircraft near miss
AGC
Tag(s) Blocked Transmission
HF
Tag(s) ATC clearance error
RI
Tag(s) ATC error,
Incursion pre Take off,
Incursion after Landing
Outcome
Damage or injury No
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s) Air Traffic Management
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s) Air Traffic Management,
Airport Management
Investigation Type
Type Independent

Description

On 29 May 2007, a Saab 340 aircraft that was holding on an angled taxiway at Auckland International Airport was inadvertently cleared to line up in front of a landing Raytheon 1900D. The aerodrome controller transmitted an amended clearance, but the transmission crossed with that of the Saab crew reading back the line-up clearance. The pilots of both aircraft took action to avoid a collision and stopped on the runway without any damage or injury.

Contributory factors were the local procedure for the handling of flight progress strips for departing traffic; the use of multiple taxiways, including angled taxiways, for runway entry; and the captain of the aircraft entering the runway not seeing the landing traffic.

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