50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

UAV forces Czech airliner to abort takeoff

Download: Printable PDF Date: 12 May 2016 15:46 category:
Publisher:
UAV forces Czech airliner to abort takeoff - Airlines publisher
Krista Kuznecova
Country: Czech Republic Aircraft: Drones
Source: ATW

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), flying close to Prague’s Václav Havel International Airport, forced air traffic controllers to issue an “immediate stop” message to an airliner on its takeoff roll.

The incident, involving a Boeing 737-800 of Czech carrier Travel Service, occurred May 6. The aircraft was operating on behalf of SmartWings, Travel Service’s scheduled airline arm, on a flight to Dubai.

According to incident-recording website aeroinside.com, the flight had been cleared for takeoff from Prague’s runway 12 and was accelerating down the runway when the tower instructed the aircraft to abort takeoff.

The crew slowed the aircraft to taxiing speed about 840 m/2700 ft. down the runway.

An incoming service, a Bulgaria Air Embraer ERJ190, is also understood to have been told by the tower to go around when it was on final approach at 650 m/2000 ft.

Confirming the incident, a Travel Service spokeswoman said controllers had ordered the crew to abort their takeoff after a UAV was spotted beyond the end of the runway, in the path of the departing 737.

The incident is under investigation by authorities, she said.

Similar incidents are becoming increasingly common around European airports, with fears that the engine ingestion of a UAV at a critical moment on approach could result in a serious incident.



Loading comments for UAV forces Czech airliner to abort takeoff...


Recommended

Additional 12 cubic feet of storage space for Beechcraft King Air 350

Textron announced a utility nose option for the Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop, delivering additional capability to the highly versatile platform. The new FAA-certified modification enables an...

Horizon International Flight Academy to become the largest operator of Bell 505 trainer helicopters in the world

Thanks to the purchase agreement signed today, Horizon International Flight Academy to become the largest operator of Bell 505 trainer helicopters in the world. Bell Textron will deliver 12...

CAeS got £9m UK government grant for the development of electric flight

CAeS, a leading aircraft integrator in green commercial aviation, has received the backing of the UK Government for a project to develop electric aviation. Project Fresson has received a grant of &pou...

Hahn Air issues first airline ticket on the blockchain

Hahn Air is the first airline that issued a real-world ticket enabled by blockchain technology on the open-source travel distribution platform Winding Tree. It is also the first airline to fly pa...