Austral E190 at Comodoro Rivadavia on Aug 9th 2019, vehicle on runway during takeoff

Last Update: September 24, 2022 / 14:32:12 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 9, 2019

Classification
Report

Flight number
AR-2439

Aircraft Registration
LV-CPJ

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-190

ICAO Type Designator
E190

An Austral Embraer ERJ-190 on behalf of Aerolineas Argentinas, registration LV-CPJ performing flight AR-2439 from Comodoro Rivadavia,CB to Mendoza,MD (Argentina) with 62 passengers and 5 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Comodoro Rivadavia's runway 24 when the crew observed a vehicle crossing the runway ahead. The crew decided, given the distance and speed of the vehicle, to continue the takeoff and continued the flight to Mendoza without further incident for a safe landing.

At the time of the occurrence today's runway 07/25 was being built and runway 06/24, now a taxiway between apron and runway, was still the main runway.

On Sep 23rd 2022 Argentina's JST released their final report in Spanish only (Editorial note: to serve the purpose of global prevention of the repeat of causes leading to an occurrence an additional timely release of all occurrence reports in the only world spanning aviation language English would be necessary, a Spanish only or no release does not achieve this purpose as set by ICAO annex 13 and just forces many aviators to waste much more time and effort each in trying to understand the circumstances leading to the occurrence. Aviators operating internationally are required to read/speak English besides their local language, investigators need to be able to read/write/speak English to communicate with their counterparts all around the globe).

The JST concludes the probable causes of the incident were:

- the runway incursion during takeoff of the ERJ-190 was caused by a ground vehicle crossing the runway without clearance.

- the communication between vehicle driver and tower was not effective in both directions by not understanding the instruction to not cross the runway and by not requesting to hold short of the runway

- the frequency used for ground maneouvering traffic was different to the frequency of the tower

- the mitigation measures implemented to prevent runway incursions were not effective.

Other safety risk factors:

- the criteria to communicate on VHF radio channels (called "Restricted Radio Operator") do not require the knowledge of telecommunication standards and procedures in aeronautical jurisdictions

- the airport could have adopted mitigation actions recommended in the guidelines for implementing Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 9, 2019

Classification
Report

Flight number
AR-2439

Aircraft Registration
LV-CPJ

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-190

ICAO Type Designator
E190

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