Azores A320 at Ponta Delgada on Jun 3rd 2024, crew prevents runway incursion after operational error

Last Update: June 9, 2024 / 14:48:39 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 3, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
S4-172

Destination
Porto, Portugal

Aircraft Registration
CS-TKQ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Azores Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration CS-TKQ performing flight S4-172 from Ponta Delgada to Porto (Portugal), was taxiing for departure when the crew received clearance to line up runway 12.

At the same time a SATA Air Acores de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration CS-TRG performing flight S4-161 from Funchal to Ponta Delgada (Portugal), was on final approach to Ponta Delgada's runway 30 and had already been cleared to land.

The A320 crew recognized the developing conflict and queried ATC, stopping on the taxiway clear of the runway for about 5 minutes prior to lining up their departure runway.

Both aircraft completed their flights without further incidents.

Portugal's GPIAA confirmed they received a report of a possible runway incursion received from Portugal's Navigation Provider.

Portugal's NAV (Navigation Provider) reported tower had already cleared an arriving Sata Dash 8 on final approach to land on runway 30 when tower also cleared a departing Air Azores A320 to line up runway 12 for departure. The A320 crew, recognizing the conflict, queried tower and stopped thus averting an accident. Tower immediately recognized the error and cancelled the clearance to line up. The A320 had never been on the runway or its protected area.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 3, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
S4-172

Destination
Porto, Portugal

Aircraft Registration
CS-TKQ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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