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Runway Incursion by Airport Van in Missouri

Old 15th Aug 2018, 23:35
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Runway Incursion by Airport Van in Missouri

A rather close call at Springfield-Branson National Airport in Missouri. An air port van passes in front of a departing regional jet with about 4 seconds of separation. It appears the driver did receive clearance from GND.

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Old 16th Aug 2018, 00:09
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Lessons have been learned. Next year, the BBQ will be held in the GA area.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 00:17
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Lessons have been learned. Next year, the BBQ will be held in the GA area.

Or all departures will be held at the gate, and arrivals at their airport of origin, until the airport crew is fed.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 04:33
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If you are talking SW Mo. BBQ, then 1) any thoughts of health and safety have already been discounted, and 2) you don't let nuttin get in your way. Mmmm-MMMM!

(I joke only because things turned out OK - obviously, it was a serious communications slipup that came extremely close to a significant accident).
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 05:55
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call me paranoid, but it's a good idea to have a look when about to drive across a runway, even with clearance.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 09:38
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Isn't that Airfield Ops 101? Even if you're cleared to cross the active, you look both ways carefully and engage your brain. Controllers aren't immune to making mistakes. Layer upon layer of safety checks is the mantra, especially when it comes to runway ops, one of the last remaining places, from a controller point of view, where very bad things can happen with very little recourse to automated intervention.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 13:11
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Was it A. Van?
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 17:03
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with about 4 seconds of separation
I think it was a bit more than 4 seconds - the video was considerably speeded up
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 17:39
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I think it was a bit more than 4 seconds - the video was considerably speeded up
The caption on the video claims that it is not speeded up.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 18:43
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The first 14 seconds of the video (the intro with the taxying Delta CRJ) is speeded up by around 70%, according to the author.

The rest of the video is in real time.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 22:17
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Why was it on 'Ground' frequency?
Down here any vehicle entering, operating on, or crossing an active runway has to change to the Tower frequency so there is only 1 person controlling anything and everything on that strip of concrete. Maybe they need a procedure change?
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Old 17th Aug 2018, 06:31
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Originally Posted by patrickal View Post
It appears the driver did receive clearance from GND.
In my neck of the woods you receive crossing clearances from LCL, not GND. In Missouri, though, I guess most anything goes. As the residents say, "Show me!".
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