Air France A320 at Barcelona on May 27th 2012, runway incursion
Last Update: August 27, 2013 / 17:09:10 GMT/Zulu time
The incident occurred as a result of aircraft AFR2349 entering the runway after being cleared to do so by the ground controller, who did not coordinate this activity with the local controller responsible for clearing landings and crossings of the runway, which was still active pending completion of the configuration change. The controllerâ€™s unfamiliarity with the conditions on that day, due to not having received practical training on that configuration, affected his handling of the situation and caused him to act in keeping with the configuration most familiar to him, one in which runway 02 is not used for landings, especially during a time period with few arriving aircraft.
The CIAIAC reported that the tower supervisor had initiated the procedure to change the runway configuration indicating that FR-6363 would be the last aircraft to land on runway 02, which usually was not being used for landing traffic.
The ground controller had heard this communication by the supervisor, however cleared the Air France Airbus to cross the runway and turned off the stop bar although the runway was active and a landing clearance had been issued to FR-6363, without coordinating his activity with the tower controller.
Once the tower controller warned the ground controller, the ground controller instructed the A320 to stop, the aircraft however had already crossed the hold short line.
The tower instructed FR-6363 to go around, the crew complied with the instruction and went around. The A320 was subsequently cleared to continue taxi.
The CIAIAC annotated the ground controller had not received training on the particular configuration with runway 02 being used for arrivals.
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