Turkish plane nearly causes B-G collision

June 18, 2010 02:12

An error by the pilot of a Turkish Airlines passenger jet preparing for takeoff at Ben-Gurion Airport nearly resulted in a collision on Wednesday night, the Israel Airports Authority said.

The incident is being examined by the chief civil aviation investigator.

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After receiving an order to line up for takeoff and to halt the aircraft at a certain point, the Corendon Airlines pilot confirmed receiving the order but continued on toward the takeoff runway, failing to stop at the designated position, the authority said in a report sent to the chief investigator. The same runway had been allocated for a landing by the Romanian Tarom jet.

A control tower operator identified the error and instructed the Tarom plane to circle the runway. Had the error not been rectified, the planes could have collided.

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