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.
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.