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A close call on Logan runway

Posted by guest  June 18, 2009 01:11 PM

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A construction vehicle drove onto a runway at Logan International Airport this morning as a jet was taking off, an airport spokesman said.

US Airways Flight 27, an Airbus 320, was taking off for Phoenix at around 6:36 a.m. when a construction vehicle crossed Runway 15R.

"It was a serious thing, a matter of seconds," said spokesman Phil Orlandella.

He said the construction vehicle had been working on a taxiway that crosses the runway when the driver crossed over the runway.

The "runway incursion" is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the driver has been pulled off the airfield, Orlandella said.

An FAA spokesman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Posted by Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

UPDATE:
Matthew Brelis, director of media relations at Massport, said in a statement that all airfield construction work has been suspended at the airfield, pending an investigation. He also said:

"Until we know the factors that contributed to this event -- whether it was the failure of an individual or there was a failure in the system -- and implemented measures to minimize further the potential for such events, construction on the airfield will be suspended. "Massport is actively investigating the incursion and reviewing its procedures with the Federal Aviation Administration. We expect this review to take several days. We have notified the National Transportation Safety Board of the incident. "The driver of the construction vehicle, a private contractor, appears to have violated airfield procedures. His actions are under investigation by the appropriate authorities and his airfield driving privileges have been revoked pending the completion of the investigation.''

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1 comments so far...
  1. This is really scary. It might just seem like a car being in the wrong place, but if an aircraft at full throttle (or even not at full) hit an object like that, it would be disastrous. LAX, San Diego, and Dallas-FW have all been using a new safety system (http://www.theairlineblog.com/?p=964) and i think this shows it is needed.

    David Parker Brown
    http://www.theairlineblog.com

    Posted by David Brown June 22, 09 01:56 PM
 
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