|Knowing that a runway is closed, would you not question a clearance to take off from it?
posted 17 April 2017 in Category:Accidents and Incidents
On 7 January 2016, an aircraft was inadvertently cleared by ATC to take off on a closed runway. The take-off was commenced with a vehicle visible ahead at the runway edge. Investigation attributed the controller error to "lost situational awareness" and noted that the pilots had, on the basis of the take-off clearance, crossed a lit red stop bar to enter the runway without explicit permission.