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Post by Ryanairflyer on Sat 24 Sep 2011 - 17:15

UK plane lands on wrong runway in Paphos

A FLIGHT narrowly dodged disaster on Wednesday afternoon after landing on Paphos airport’s taxiway instead of the main landing strip.

The Thomson Airways’ Boeing 737-800 flight from Doncaster had 192 passengers and seven cabin crew on board and was fortunate to avoid a catastrophic crash on the empty taxiway.

According to the online aviation news site, Aviation Herald, flight BY3350 was on approach to and cleared to land on runway 29, but aligned with and landed on the parallel taxiway.

Hermes Airports’ spokesman Adamos Aspris confirmed the reports yesterday: “It seems that the captain of a British Boeing 737 landed on the taxiway instead of the main runway.”

The weather conditions were reportedly slightly hazy, but cloudless and with good visibility.

Asked about the potential dangers of such a landing, Aspris said: “This was a least expected occurrence, and it is a big issue for us. There is research being undertaken by the relevant authorities who will investigate the matter thoroughly.”

The main authority involved is Cyprus’ Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) who yesterday assigned three staff to begin gathering information on the case.

AAIA Chairman Costas Orphanos told the Cyprus Mail this was the first incident of its kind at Paphos airport: “We are collecting information from the pilots, air safety reports and on weather conditions, and we are in contact with the UK’s accident investigation authority.”

Orphanos said that such incidents have occurred elsewhere, such as in the USA, UK and Italy.

“We have the authority to make recommendations to the government and they will make changes if necessary,” he said.

By yesterday morning, the story had caused a stir on the popular pilots’ message board pprune.org.

According to one commenter on the website, the particular layout of Paphos airport could have played a part in the incident.

‘Dani’ said: “Paphos airport is a tricky one: long and narrow runway, parallel to a taxiway which is about the same width and length. Easy to confuse. No disaster, because it is intended as a military emergency strip... unless there is taxi-ing traffic.”

While another, ‘Dairn’, said: “The taxiway is longer than the runway, the same width and quite a lot brighter as it's not covered in rubber.”

“Its contrast in most lighting conditions makes it more obvious than the main landing runway, “he added, “especially during a circling approach. Also... the landing runway is closer to the passenger terminal than the taxiway; in most places the parallel taxiway or emergency runway are closer to the civilian apron”.

These factors, Dairn suggests, could lead pilots to creating a wrong mental model that is hard to change even when presented with runway markings and approach lights in the final stages.

A third poster expressed surprise the control tower did not notice the misalignment, while another was perplexed the pilots did not notice any markings on the taxiway.

Following the incident, a replacement crew was flown to Paphos. The aircraft departed for the return flight BY-3351 nine-and-a-half hours after landing, reaching Doncaster with a total delay of 10.5 hours.


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Post by Ryanairflyer on Sat 24 Sep 2011 - 17:21

And more- Thomson flight incidents

'Our holiday terror as passenger tried to open plane doors at 36,000ft screaming We are just on a flight simulator'
22-year-old man had to be tied up with eight seatbelts
Newcastle-bound plane forced into emergency landing at Gatwick
'There were a lot of kids on the plane screaming their heads off'


A passenger tried to open a plane door at 36,000ft claiming it did not matter because he was ‘on a flight simulator’.
The 22-year-old man had to be wrestled to the ground by air hostesses and fellow passengers before being tied down with seatbelts.
The flight from Majorca to Newcastle then made an emergency landing at Gatwick so he could be arrested.

With help from other passengers the air hostesses managed to restrain the passenger and wrestle him into a seat. They then used around eight seatbelts to tie him up.

Children were crying and passengers were panicking as the plane made its sudden descent.

The passenger continued: ‘The plane went down really quickly, it was quite a dodgy landing. All our ears were popping. Then as soon as it came to a stop about six police officers ran on board and arrested him.’
After police took statements from passengers and the plane was refuelled, the holidaymakers were able to continue their return journey to Newcastle.

Dan Alberts, 20, from Bensham, Gateshead, who was on the flight with a group of friends, said he heard one air hostess shout to the man that he could have killed everyone on board.

He said: ‘We just heard a big bang and then he started going for the door. One of the girls I was with started having a panic attack and there were quite a few people crying.

‘There were a lot of kids on the plane screaming their heads off.’
Gavin McCallum, from Billingham, Teesside, was on the flight with his wife Sarah, 30, and children Freya, three, and Jack, two.

The 35-year-old said: ‘It was terrifying. We didn’t know that he had tried to open the door until we landed and I’m quite grateful for that.

‘When we were on the ground and realised what had happened it was quite disturbing.

‘The cabin crew were fantastic. The pilot told me he had been flying for 20 years and that is the only time anything like that has happened.’
The man, of Ashington, Northumberland, was questioned by police on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft. He was bailed pending further enquiries.
A spokesman for Thomson Airways said: ‘We would like to reassure customers that it would not have been possible for this passenger to open the aircraft door while the aircraft was in the air.

‘We would also like to reassure our customers that incidents of this type are extremely rare.’

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Post by EchoVictorOscar on Sat 24 Sep 2011 - 20:52

192 passengers & 7 cabin crew on a 737-800? That report obviously got the aircraft type very wrong!!

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Post by Ryanairflyer on Sat 24 Sep 2011 - 20:57

neil2304 wrote:192 passengers & 7 cabin crew on a 737-800? That report obviously got the aircraft type very wrong!!

Yes aircraft fleets/pax numbers are on their home site too -

http://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/legal/thomson-fleet.html

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Re: UK plane lands on wrong runway in Paphos

Post by Wouter on Sun 25 Sep 2011 - 15:34

I think the plane was full, but with some babies onboard (who don't need a seperate seat)

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Post by EchoVictorOscar on Sun 25 Sep 2011 - 17:03

Yeah ok that solves that one, but 7 cabin crew??

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