London - The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published an incident report over a near-miss between easyJet and Norweigan planes at Edinburgh Airport last year.
The incident happened last year in August, but the British Civil Aviation Authority released its report on the issue this week.
A Norwegian Boeing 737 that was inbound to Edinburgh airport was cleared for landing, while an EasyJet Airbus A320 was on takeoff roll. The distance between two aircraft was 850 meters when the Norwegian 737 touched on the runway.
The regulator explained the incident as a “runway incursion”.
A Runway Incursion is described as “Any occurrence at an Aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take off of aircraft”. (ICAO Doc 4444 - PANS-ATM)
It should be noted that this incorrect presence' may be a consequence of a failure of a pilot or vehicle driver to comply with a valid ATC clearance or their compliance with an inappropriate ATC clearance.
In this case, the incident happened due to a trainee air-traffic controller who failed to slow the speed of the Norwegian Boeing 737 as it landed.
Brief delays to the departure of the easyJet's A320 and the speed of the Norwegian's 737, which was slightly higher than normal final approach speed, caused the near-miss incident, according to the CAA's report.