Hong Kong A333 and Fedex MD11 at Hong Kong on May 22nd 2020, loss of separation between takeoff and go around

Last Update: May 24, 2020 / 21:13:00 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 22, 2020

Classification
Incident

Flight number
HX-765

Aircraft Registration
B-LNM

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

A Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration B-LNM performing flight HX-765 from Hong Kong (China) to Bangkok (Thailand), was lined up on runway 25L for departure cleared for takeoff.

A Fedex Federal Express McDonnell Douglas MD-11, registration N595FE performing flight FX-9741 (dep May 21st) from Anchorage,AK (USA) to HOng Kong (China), was on final approach to Hong Kong's runway 25L when the crew initiated a go around from about 250 feet AGL, about 0.7nm before the runway threshold, due to the Airbus A330-300 still on the runway just commencing their takeoff run.

The A330 continued their takeoff, became airborne and was restricted to climb to 2000 feet by ATC. The MD-11 overtook the A330 over the runway and was ahead of the A333 by about 0.5nm when the A333 climbed just past the runway end, the vertical separation between the aircraft was 800 feet at that point. The conflict was resolved shortly afterwards when the MD-11 had sufficiently climbed to establish more than 1000 feet vertical separation between the aircraft, at which point the A330 was cleared to continue climb, both aircraft were vectored onto diverging trajectories.

The MD-11 positioned for another approach to runway 25L and landed without further incident about 23 minutes after the go around.

The A330 continued to Bangkok for a safe landing without further incident.

Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation.

Metars:
VHHH 221200Z VRB02KT 9000 FEW014 28/25 Q1004 NOSIG=
VHHH 221130Z 20003KT 170V230 9000 FEW014 27/25 Q1004 NOSIG=
VHHH 221100Z 25004KT 8000 FEW014 28/25 Q1004 NOSIG=
VHHH 221030Z 25005KT 8000 FEW011 27/25 Q1003 NOSIG=
VHHH 221000Z 24003KT 9999 FEW013 28/25 Q1003 NOSIG=
VHHH 220930Z VRB03KT 230V300 9999 FEW025 28/25 Q1003 NOSIG=
VHHH 220900Z 28004KT 250V320 9999 FEW025 28/25 Q1002 NOSIG=
VHHH 220830Z VRB03KT 9999 FEW015 SCT040 28/25 Q1002 NOSIG=
VHHH 220800Z VRB02KT 9999 FEW015 SCT035 28/25 Q1002 NOSIG=
VHHH 220730Z 33003KT 290V360 9999 FEW016 SCT030 28/25 Q1002 NOSIG=
VHHH 220700Z 27005KT 9999 FEW016 SCT030 27/24 Q1003 NOSIG=
VHHH 220630Z 26007KT 9999 FEW018 SCT030 27/24 Q1003 NOSIG=
VHHH 220600Z 26005KT 230V290 9999 FEW018 SCT040 27/24 Q1003 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 22, 2020

Classification
Incident

Flight number
HX-765

Aircraft Registration
B-LNM

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

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