Crew select wrong runway for take off

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Crew select wrong runway for take off


Post by howie » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:53 am

Date: 18-SEP-2018
Time: 06:25 LT
Type: Airbus A320-214 (WL)
Owner/operator: Air Arabia
Registration: A6-ANV
C/n / msn: 5984
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities: 0
Aircraft damage: None
Category: Serious incident
Location: Sharjah Airport (SHJ/OMSJ) - United Arab Emirates
Phase: Take off
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Sharjah Airport (SHJ/OMSJ)
Destination airport: Salalah Airport (SLL/OOSA)
Investigating agency: GCAA UAE
Air Arabia flight ABY111 was cleared for takeoff at Sharjah Airport runway 30, B14 intersection. However, the crew mistakenly lined up for runway 12. After entering the runway, and realizing that the remaining distance for takeoff was short (about 1,100 meters), the commander took over controls and continued the takeoff while selecting flaps at 2 and used TOGA power. The aircraft became airborne at the end of the runway. After takeoff, a call from ATC was received informing the crew about the wrong runway used.

Weather about 06:25 LT / 12:25Z:
OMSJ 181200Z 33010KT CAVOK 38/21 Q1005
OMSJ 181300Z 31010KT CAVOK 38/19 Q1004

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Re: Crew select wrong runway for take off


Post by Bell 407 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:09 am

Seems to be happening quite a lot of late - wrong taxiway for takeoff or landing :thinking:

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Re: Crew select wrong runway for take off


Post by Raffles » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:47 pm

What makes this worse is that the captain took off instead of correcting the error.

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Re: Crew select wrong runway for take off


Post by Propnut » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:20 am

I remember an old nursery rhyme that used the words, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can . . ."
Maybe the Captain had this running in his head at the time.

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