B190 / B190, Auckland NZ, 2007

Summary: 

On 1 August 2007, the crew of a Beech 1900 aircraft holding on an angled taxiway at Auckland International Airport mistakenly accepted the take-off clearance for another Beech 1900 that was waiting on the runway and which had a somewhat similar call sign. The pilots of both aircraft read back the clearance. The aerodrome controller heard, but did not react to, the crossed transmissions. The holding aircraft entered the runway in front of the cleared aircraft, which had commenced its take-off. The pilots of both aircraft took avoiding action and stopped on the runway without any damage or injury.

Event Details
When: 
01/08/2007
Event Type: 
Day/Night: 
Day
Flight Conditions: 
On Ground - Normal Visibility

18927

Flight Details
Aircraft: 
Operator: 
Type of Flight: 
Public Transport (Passenger)
Flight Origin: 
Take-off Commenced: 
No
Flight Airborne: 
No
Flight Completed: 
No
Phase of Flight: 
Take Off

18928

Flight Details
Aircraft: 
Operator: 
Type of Flight: 
Public Transport (Passenger)
Flight Origin: 
Take-off Commenced: 
No
Flight Airborne: 
No
Flight Completed: 
No
Phase of Flight: 
Taxi
Location
Location - Airport
Airport: 
General
Tag(s): 
Aircraft-aircraft near miss
AGC
Tag(s): 
Call Sign Confusion, Incorrect Readback missed, Take off without clearance
HF
Tag(s): 
Inappropriate ATC Communication, Ineffective Monitoring
RI
Tag(s): 
Incursion pre Take off, Near Miss, Phraseology
Outcome
Damage or injury: 
Yes
Non-aircraft damage: 
Yes
Non-occupant Casualties: 
No
Off Airport Landing: 
Yes
Ditching: 
Yes
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation, Air Traffic Management
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation, Air Traffic Management, Airport Management
Investigation Type
Type: 
Independent

Description

On 1 August 2007, the crew of a BEECH 1900 aircraft holding on an angled taxiway at Auckland International Airport mistakenly accepted the take-off clearance for another Beech 1900 that was waiting on the runway and which had a somewhat similar call sign. The pilots of both aircraft read back the clearance. The aerodrome controller heard, but did not react to, the crossed transmissions. The holding aircraft entered the runway in front of the cleared aircraft, which had commenced its take-off. The pilots of both aircraft took avoiding action and stopped on the runway without any damage or injury.

Contributory factors were the non-adherence to standard procedures for radiotelephony (RTF) use and the issue of an air traffic clearance, the use of an angled taxiway for runway entry, and the captain of the aircraft entering the runway not seeing the aircraft already lined up on the runway.

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