CemAir CRJ2 at George on Aug 23rd 2021, takeoff without clearance

Last Update: September 15, 2021 / 16:39:59 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 23, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
Cemair

Flight number
KEM-125

Aircraft Registration
ZS-CMG

ICAO Type Designator
CRJ2

A CemAir Canadair CRJ-200, registration ZS-CMG performing flight KEM-125 from George to Johannesburg (South Africa) with 38 passengers and 3 crew, was scheduled for departure at 05:45Z, was preparing for departure from runway 29 a few minutes prior to that time while the tower was still unstaffed, however, the crew knew the NOTAM that indicated the tower would open at 05:45Z. The aircraft taxied for departure and at 05:43Z radioed on tower frequency that they were taxiing to holding point A3. Approach control, who had opened 15 minutes earlier, informed the crew that tower would be open within the next 2 minutes, the crew decided to use the procedures for unstaffed aerodromes and radioed they were lining up for departure on runway 29, they would turn left early after departure. At 05:44:58 tower, now occupied, radioed they were in service, at that time KEM-125 was still holding on the runway. At 05:45:35z the crew radioed they were now rolling for takeoff. Approach needed to instruct a scheduled line flight (Embraer ERJ-135) on approach to George to level off to ensure separation. The CRJ departed and during initial climb turned left contacting approach, who then provided vectors to both the CRJ and the ERJ to ensure separation and permit the ERJ to continue their approach. After separation was ensured approach cleared the ERJ for a visual approach to George's runway 11.

South Africa's CAA rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 23, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
Cemair

Flight number
KEM-125

Aircraft Registration
ZS-CMG

ICAO Type Designator
CRJ2

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