Thursday, June 17, 2010

Plane collision avoided at Ben-Gurion Airport

Taffic controllers averted catastrophic event Wednesday evening at Ben-Gurion airport when a Turkish pilot ignored take-off instructions as Romanian plane was preparing to land. The israeli traffic controllers at Ben Gurion airport ordered the pilot of the Turkish Corendon Airlines to delay the take-off for about 12 minutes due to a Romanian Tarom airplane which was executing landing manoevers. Unexplainably the pilot of the Corendon plane denied the warnings and headed to the takeoff point of the same runway where Tarom aircraft was supposed to land. The Romanian airplane was flying 300 meters above the ground at a distance of 3 km from the landing spot and about 90 seconds from landing. The pilots of an El Al plane waiting in line after the Turkish plane observed the possible iminent collision and alerted the traffic control tower which alerted the Romanian pilots to delay landing. Ben Gurion airport has one single runway in service since one month ago due to upgrading of the other two runways. The Israeli Transportation Ministry opened an investigation after the Airport Authority handed over the recording of the communication to the air crash investigator Attorney Yitzhak Raz.
Update1: The Romania's state-owned Air Company (TAROM) said it does not own the plane reported to have been involved in Ben-Gurion near crash.


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