easyJet plane was 1.3 seconds from crashing in Lisbon

in News · 17-08-2020 10:26:00 · 3 Comments

An easyJet plane, with 167 people on board, was only 1.3 seconds away from crashing at Lisbon airport in September last year, according to a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

According to the AAIB report, “the Airbus A320 took off from Lisbon airport [on September 16] with just 110 meters of runway available, because tcrew members made the wrong calculations for the runway”.

At the speed at which the plane was travelling, “approximately 1.3 seconds were left until it reached the end of the runway”.

"This could have caused significant damage to the aircraft and its occupants," the report reads.

When it took off, the A320 ended up passing “just 10.6 meters” above the airport fence.

According to AAIB, in preparing the flight the pilots made calculations for runway 21 at Lisbon airport, but used incorrect measurements.

AAIB states that the pilots “were interrupted several times during the preparation of the flight”, which contributed to the calculation error.

The report also reads that "the operator had two incidents of the same kind in Lisbon, which happened 14 days apart in early 2019".


Well, rducing flights over Lisbon would now mean having none, doesn't it. And we all know that EasyJet and Ryanair are really crap airlines and only pilots without alternatives fly for them.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 19-08-2020 07:57

This is why the Montijo airport plan, which includes an expanded number of flights in and out of Humberto Delgado Airport is all wrong. Portugal should be reducing flights over Lisbon, not increasing them.

By Dirk Scott from Lisbon on 17-08-2020 05:29

I dont know if the pilot and first officer were reprimanded, if they
were not they should have been. People must be made accountable for their actions.

By FAREDOON K MARAVALA from UK on 17-08-2020 04:36
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