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Sumburgh Airport

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Name Sumburgh Airport
Region Europe
Territory United Kingdom GB.gif
Location Sumburgh, Shetland, Scotland
Serving Shetland
Elevation 6.096 m
20 ft
20 ft6.096 m
Type medium airport
Coordinates 59° 52' 38.5677", -1° 17' 30.7187"
Close to North Atlantic Ocean
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
6/24 550 m1,804.462 ft 45 m147.638 ft ASP yes/yes
9/27 1180 m3,871.391 ft 46 m150.919 ft ASP yes/yes
15/33 1426 m4,678.478 ft 46 m150.919 ft ASP yes/yes
Observation EGPB 181020Z 07011KT 9999 BKN025 09/05 Q1017
Station Sumburgh Cape
Date/Time 18 October 2017 10:20:00
Wind direction 70°
Wind speed 11 kts
Lowest cloud amount broken clouds
Temperature 9°C
Dew point 5°C
Humidity 76%
QNH 1017 hPa
Weather condition n/a

Sumburgh Airport is the main airport serving the Shetland Islands in Scotland. It is located on the southern tip of the mainland, 17 nm31,484 m
31.484 km
103,293.963 ft
south of Lerwick.


Temperate Marine climate/Oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb). Moderately cool summer and comparatively warm winter with a temperature range of only 14°C287.15 K
57.2 °F
516.87 °R
. Prevailing south-westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of EGPB

  • AS3B, vicinity Sumburgh Airport Shetland Islands UK, 2013 (On 23 August 2013, the crew of a Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopter making a non-precision approach to runway 09 at Sumburgh with the AP engaged in 3-axes mode descended below MDA without visual reference and after exposing the helicopter to vortex ring conditions were unable to prevent a sudden onset high rate of descent followed by sea surface impact and rapid inversion of the floating helicopter. Four of the 18 occupants died and three were seriously injured. The Investigation found no evidence of contributory technical failure and attributed the accident to inappropriate flight path control by the crew.)
  • D328, Sumburgh UK, 2006 (On 11 June 2006, a Dornier 328 operated by City Star Airlines whilst positioning in marginal visibility for a day approach at Sumburgh, Shetland Isles UK, and having incorrectly responded to TAWS Class A warnings/alerts by not gaining safe altitude, came to close proximity with terrain . The approach was continued and a safe landing was made at the airport.)
  • SB20, vicinity Sumburgh, UK 2014 (On 15 December 2014, the Captain of a Saab 2000 lost control of his serviceable aircraft after a lightning strike when he attempted to control the aircraft manually without first disconnecting the autopilot and despite the annunciation of a series of related alerts. The aircraft descended from 4,000 feet to 1,100 feet at up to 9,500 fpm and 80 knots above Vmo. A fortuitous transient data transmission fault caused autopilot disconnection making it possible to respond to EGPWS 'SINK RATE' and 'PULL UP' Warnings. The Investigation concluded that limitations on autopilot disconnection by pilot override were contrary to the type certification of most other transport aircraft.)