Saudia A333 at Jeddah on Aug 10th 2019, took off despite vehicle on runway

Last Update: November 4, 2021 / 19:32:21 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 10, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SV-305

Destination
Cairo, Egypt

Aircraft Registration
HZ-AQ20

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

Airport ICAO Code
OEJN

A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration HZ-AQ20 performing flight SV-305 from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to Cairo (Egypt), was cleared for takeoff from runway 34L and commenced takeoff although a vehicle conducting a runway inspection was still on the runway.

Saudi Arabia's AIB reported the flight crew remained unaware of the vehicle as they were accelerating and rotating for takeoff at Vr. The airfield operations officers (AOOs) in the vehicle did not monitor tower frequency and therefore missed the takeoff clearance for SV-305. In total surprise they saw the aircraft accelerating towards them and sped their car off the runway onto taxiway B5. The separation reduced to 7 seconds and 120 meters. The flight crew did not report the occurrence, they probably did not notice the occurrence. The AOOs as well as tower controller deviated from standard operating procedures. Air Traffic Management elements are considered to have contributed to the occurrence rated a serious incident.

Metars:
OEJN 102000Z 14005KT 9999 FEW040 33/21 Q1006 NOSIG=
OEJN 101900Z 06004KT 9999 FEW040 33/21 Q1007 NOSIG=
OEJN 101800Z 36004KT 9999 FEW040 34/22 Q1006 NOSIG=
OEJN 101700Z 33006KT 9999 FEW040 34/23 Q1006 NOSIG=
OEJN 101600Z 33008KT 9999 SCT040 34/23 Q1006 NOSIG=
OEJN 101500Z 30012KT 9999 SCT040 35/22 Q1005 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 10, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SV-305

Destination
Cairo, Egypt

Aircraft Registration
HZ-AQ20

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

Airport ICAO Code
OEJN

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