Lufthansa A319 at Munich on Aug 6th 2015, rejected takeoff on ATC instruction

Last Update: August 10, 2015 / 08:57:55 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 6, 2015

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-115

Aircraft Registration
D-AILT

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILT performing flight LH-115 from Munich to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was accelerating for takeoff from Munich's runway 08L when the crew rejected takeoff at about 80 knots on tower instruction. The aircraft slowed safely, vacated the runway, the crew requested inspection of brakes and gear. Following that inspection the brakes needed to cool before the aircraft taxied to the holding point again and departed about 15 minutes after the rejected takeoff. The aircraft landed safely in Frankfurt with a delay 15 minutes.

A passenger reported the captain announced that taxiway A2 was closed due to construction work, on taxiway A3 there was already another aircraft waiting for departure, LH-115 however should depart first and thus was instructed to continue taxi on taxiway N and line up the runway via taxiway A1, while still on taxiway A1 they were cleared for takeoff and commenced a rolling takeoff. Then tower realized that taxiway A1 had been blocked too and instructed them to reject takeoff to have the aircraft inspected, at that time they were already at 80 knots and needed to inspect the brakes and tyres as result, then needed time to permit the brakes cool sufficiently. The passenger annotated that the captain appeared pretty enraged, the captain called the reason for the rejected takeoff "crazy".

On Aug 10th 2015, following the release of the first report, an observer on the ground and listener on frequency told The Aviation Herald, that ground control had cleared the aircraft to taxi to holding point A3. The aircraft was just reaching intersection of taxiways N and A3 when the crew of the aircraft waiting at the holding point A3 indicated they were not yet ready for departure. Ground Control therefore instructed the Lufthansa A319 to continue on taxiway N to A1 and, as the aircraft had already started to turn onto A3, mentioned to make a sharp turn to the left to get back onto the taxiway N. The stopbars at taxiway M were illuminated, however, the aircraft taxied to A1 via taxiway M, the intersection of which with A2 was closed due to construction work on A2 too, the intersection was otherwise clear however. Following crossing A2 at M the aircraft joined A1, was cleared for takeoff and after lining up commenced a rolling takeoff. Soon after tower called the aircraft to stop and explained that airport authority had observed the aircraft crossing the closed taxiway A2 and requested the aircraft to be stopped for an inspection by airport authority for possible damage as result of crossing the closed taxiway A2.

Related NOTAM (no NOTAM for A1 available):
A4355/15 - TWY A2 CLSD. 06 AUG 05:00 2015 UNTIL 15 AUG 09:00 2015 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 03 AUG 07:52 2015
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 6, 2015

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-115

Aircraft Registration
D-AILT

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

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