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Cleveland runway incursions being investigated by NTSB

2nd July 2009 - 00:06 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating two runway incursions that occurred at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in Ohio.

The most recent occurred at 08:56 local time on Friday 26 June, when an ExpressJet ERJ 145 was cleared by the tower developmental controller to cross runway 24L at taxiway S in order to depart from runway 24R. Approximately 19 seconds later, the same controller cleared CommutAir Dash 8 for takeoff on runway 24L.

The ExpressJet flight crew saw the departing aircraft and advised the tower controller they would not cross the runway. The CommutAir aircraft rotated about 1,500 feet from where the ExpressJet ERJ was positioned.

The previous incident was on 3 June at 15:15 local time when a Boeing 737 was cleared by a developmental controller to taxi into position on the same runway on which an ERJ 145 was cleared and entering for take-off. The ERJ 145 crew saw the 737 and queried the tower controller.

The two flights came within 500 feet of each other on runway 6L. The same developmental controller was involved in the 26 June incident.


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