Pegasus B738 at Istanbul on Sep 24th 2012, go-around due to runway not clear

Last Update: September 27, 2012 / 14:06:26 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 24, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PC-159

Aircraft Registration
TC-CCP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration TC-CCP performing flight PC-159 from Gaziantep to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (Turkey) with 158 passengers and 6 crew, was on final approach to Sabiha Gokcen's runway 06 about 7.5nm from touchdown, when the crew reported on tower and were instructed to continue the approach. At that time another aircraft was being towed across the runway with clearance by the tower, but did not vacate the runway until TC-CCP descended through 1000 feet AGL prompting the tower to instruct flight PC-159 to go around at 23:40L (20:40Z). The aircraft went around from about 900 feet, positioned for another approach and landed safely on runway 06 about 12 minutes later.

This non-news made it here because Turkey's Aksam newspaper, and all news services in Turkey and elsewhere copying/pasting(/translating) that story, reported a runway incursion claiming that TC-CPC performing flight PC-159 had descended to 350 feet AGL being cleared to land when the crew spotted another aircraft TC-AAL on the runway, that was crossing the runway without clearance, and went around.

At the time of the occurrence TC-AAL was performing flight PC-2137 from Ankara to Izmir (Turkey) and had just left FL380 descending towards Izmir. TC-CPC on the other hand had landed in Tel Aviv (Israel) as flight PC-779 from Sabiha Gokcen about 15 minutes prior to the occurrence.

The airline confirmed there was no runway incursion involved at all. When the aircraft reported on tower the crew was instructed to continue the approach. About 5km (2.7nm) before touchdown the aircraft was instructed to go around according to standard operating procedures as a crossing aircraft under tow had not vacated the runway at that point, the crew went around accordingly.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 24, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PC-159

Aircraft Registration
TC-CCP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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