Airliner shreds tires in near collision on runway
A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 was forced to abort its takeoff from South Korea’s Incheon airport this week to avoid a collision, shredding its tires in the process.
The Singapore Airlines flight, bound for San Francisco with 186 passengers and 18 crew on board, had been cleared for take-off and was accelerating down the runway when a South Korean Air Airbus with 188 people on board, setting out to St Petersburg in Russia, crossed onto the runway.
Air Traffic Control ordered both planes to stop immediately, but the Singapore Airlines Boeing had already reached a speed of 104-knots or almost 200 kilometres an hour, which is just beneath its ‘V2 rotate’ speed.
The pilots were able to bring the airliner safely to a stop, but its tires were shredded in the process, disabling the plane at the end of the runway and resulting in a 19-hour delay before the flight to San Francisco could take off.
The South Korean Air flight to St Petersburg took off with a few minutes delay.
South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) is investigating and will release its report in two to three weeks.
Initial reports suggest the pilots of the Korean Air Airbus flight ignored ATC instructions to hold position short of the active runway.