Iceland B752 at Keflavik on Oct 28th 2019, landed on closed and occupied runway in fuel emergency
Last Update: December 27, 2023 / 20:06:17 GMT/Zulu time
The other aircraft began to move off the runway about 20 minutes after the landing of the B752.
Iceland's RNSA released their final report (editorial note: which includes an Icelandic Abstract but is mainly English) concluding the probable causes of the serious incident were:
- Runway excursion at RWY 01 at 06:04 by aircraft N812AM, which closed RWY 01
- Insufficient alternate fuel, taking into account the time it takes to make BIRK operational during its closing hours
- The runway conditions at BIRK
- RWY 10 at Keflavik Airport had not been maintained overnight
- Lack of communications between Keflavik Approach and Reykjavik Airport
- Keflavik Approach was unaware of Reykjavik Airport opening early this
- Keflavik Approach was unaware of the braking action measurements taken at 05:49 and 06:03 at Reykjavik Airport
- Keflavik Approach statement to flight ICEAIR 680, that they would not have the braking action numbers for Reykjavik Airport for half an hour
- Unclear information in the Iceland AIP as to how long it took to make BIRK available for landing
The RNSA reported that although the runway braking coefficients were already available when the B752 inquired about them but Keflavik ATC didn't know about them, the braking action available would not have permitted landing at Reykjavik. Had landing been possible, the aircraft would have landed at Reykjavik above final fuel reserve. A number of other Icelandic Airports could have been able to receive the aircraft with a notice time of about 10 minutes.
Nonetheless, the aircraft landed on Keflavik's closed runway 01 with about 2.6 tons of fuel, about 1000kg above required minimum fuel. Had the B752 waited until removal of the other aircraft, they would have landed with about 400kg of fuel remaining, well below the minimum fuel of 1666kg.
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