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==Description ==
 
==Description ==
A Runway Incursion is defined as “Any occurrence at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take off of aircraft”. (ICAO Doc 4444 - PANS-ATM)
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A Runway Incursion is defined as “Any occurrence at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take off of aircraft”. (ICAO Doc 4444 - PANS-ATM)
  
It should be noted that this 'incorrect presence' may be a consequence of a failure of a pilot to comply with a valid ATC clearance or their compliance with an inappropriate ATC clearance.
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It should be noted that this 'incorrect presence' may be a consequence of a failure of a pilot or vehicle driver to comply with a valid ATC clearance or their compliance with an inappropriate ATC clearance.
  
 
==Effects==
 
==Effects==
An increased risk of serious [[Collision Avoidance|collision]] for aircraft on the ground. When collisions occur off the runway, the aircraft and/or vehicles involved are usually travelling relatively slowly: in contrast, when a collision occurs on the runway, at least one of the aircraft involved will often be travelling at considerable speed which increases the risk of significant aircraft damage and the severity of the consequences therefrom, including serious or fatal injury.
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An increased risk of [[Collision Avoidance|collision]] for aircraft on the ground. When collisions occur off the runway, the aircraft and/or vehicles involved are usually travelling relatively slowly: in contrast, when a collision occurs on the runway, at least one of the aircraft involved will often be travelling at considerable speed which increases the risk of significant aircraft damage and the severity of the consequences therefrom, including serious or fatal injury.
  
==Most Common Types==
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==Most Common Runway Incursion Types==
* Departing aircraft runway entry contrary to ATC clearance
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According to the analysis of a sample of investigated accidents and serious incidents involving runway incursions which occurred in the period 2014-2016, the following generic types can be distinguished:
* Aircraft runway crossing after landing contrary to ATC clearance
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* Incorrect entry of an aircraft or vehicle onto the runway protected area (without or contrary to ATC clearance or due to incorrect ATC clearance)
* ATC runway occupancy clearance in error or misjudged
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* Incorrect presence of a vacating aircraft or vehicle onto the runway protected area
* Towed aircraft runway crossing contrary to ATC clearance
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* Incorrect runway crossing by an aircraft or vehicle (without or contrary to ATC clearance or due to incorrect ATC clearance)
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* Incorrect spacing between successive arriving or arriving and departing or departing and arriving aircraft
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* Landing without ATC clearance
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* Take-off without ATC clearance
  
 
==Typical Scenarios==
 
==Typical Scenarios==
*'''ATCO-induced situation.''' With [[Low Visibility Procedures]] in force because of fog, a controller gives a clearance to an aircraft without subsequently checking for a correct [[Read-back or Hear-back|read-back]] from the flight crew who have misunderstood the instructions. Without checking the location of the first aircraft, which has entered the active runway contrary to clearance and at an intermediate point, the controller clears a second aircraft for a full-length take-off .   
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*'''ATCO-induced situation.''' The controller does not ensure sufficient spacing between two successive landing aircraft or between the preceding departing aircraft and the succeeding landing aircraft, and issues the landing clearance to the succeeding aircraft which causes the infringement of the applicable runway use spacing/separation minima.   
 
*'''Flight Crew-induced situation.''' An aircraft lands at an unfamiliar airport and the flight crew becomes disorientated as they exit the runway. Despite this, they acknowledge taxi instructions and without being confident of their position or the taxi route given, continue taxing and inadvertently enter an active runway.
 
*'''Flight Crew-induced situation.''' An aircraft lands at an unfamiliar airport and the flight crew becomes disorientated as they exit the runway. Despite this, they acknowledge taxi instructions and without being confident of their position or the taxi route given, continue taxing and inadvertently enter an active runway.
*'''Driver-related situation.''' Procedures at an airport allow the driver of a contractor's vehicle to operate airside without an escort (or the prior receipt of appropriate training and formal approval dependent upon satisifactory completion thereof). A driver of such a vehicle enters an active runway without first obtaining ATC clearance.
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*'''Vehicle driver-induced situation.''' The vehicle driver is not sufficiently familiar with the maneuvering area layout at an airport (e.g. due to inappropriate training and lack of formal runway access approval dependent upon satisifactory training completion) and misinterprets the runway entry clearance issued by ATC which causes him to enter the runway at the incorrect position.
  
 
==Contributory Factors==
 
==Contributory Factors==
*'''Weather.''' Low visibility may increase the chance of flight crew becoming disorientated and unsure of their position whilst taxying. Low visibility is also likely to restrict a controller’s ability to identify and follow aircraft visually so that [[Cross-checking Process|cross-checking]] a reported aircraft position with its actual location may become impossible.  
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*'''Weather.''' Low visibility may increase the chance of flight crew becoming disorientated and unsure of their position whilst taxying. Low visibility is also likely to restrict a controller’s ability to identify and follow aircraft visually so that [[Cross-checking Process|cross-checking]] a reported aircraft position with its actual location may become impossible unless [[Surface Movement Radar]] is available.  
*'''Aerodrome design.''' If, as a consequence of aerodrome design, aircraft have to cross active runways in move between their take off or landing runway and their parking position, the likelihood of runway incursions is increased. This risk may be reduced if the [[LRST]] identifies the [[Hot Spots at Aerodromes|Runway Hotspots]] thereby created and develops and applies effective risk mitigation. Operation with intersecting active runways is also likely to require careful consideration to ensure that risk of conflict is not thereby increased.  
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*'''Aerodrome design.''' If, as a consequence of aerodrome design, aircraft have to cross active runways to move between their take off or landing runway and their parking position, the likelihood of runway incursions is increased. This risk may be reduced if the [[LRST]] identifies the [[Hot Spots at Aerodromes|Runway Hotspots]] thereby created and effective risk mitigation is developed and applied. Operation with intersecting active runways is also likely to require careful consideration to ensure that the inherently increased risk of conflict is adequately managed.  
 
*'''Multiple Simultaneous Line-ups.''' Use of [[Multiple Line-ups on the Same Runway|Multiple Line-ups]] for a series of aircraft departures from the same runway from different entry positions may increase the potential for runway collision.  
 
*'''Multiple Simultaneous Line-ups.''' Use of [[Multiple Line-ups on the Same Runway|Multiple Line-ups]] for a series of aircraft departures from the same runway from different entry positions may increase the potential for runway collision.  
 
*'''Conditional Clearances''' If [[Conditional Clearance|conditional clearances]] are used, the risk consequent upon any error in their issue or actioning may be increased because of errors in aircraft identification by adjacent aircraft. The chances of such errors are increased if aircraft livery does not readily correspond to the RTF callsign being used; this is sometimes the result of airline alliance livery policies or the ad hoc operational substitution of leased-in aircraft.   
 
*'''Conditional Clearances''' If [[Conditional Clearance|conditional clearances]] are used, the risk consequent upon any error in their issue or actioning may be increased because of errors in aircraft identification by adjacent aircraft. The chances of such errors are increased if aircraft livery does not readily correspond to the RTF callsign being used; this is sometimes the result of airline alliance livery policies or the ad hoc operational substitution of leased-in aircraft.   
*'''Simultaneous Use of Intersecting Runways''' Unless ATM [[SOP]]s are carefully formulated and rigorously applied, use of intersecting runways can significantly raise the risk of both runway incursions and [[Loss of Separation]] between aircraft near the ground and aircraft on the ground. At some airports where intersecting runways are used, especially in the USA, [[Land and Hold Short Operations]] are part of normal procedures. These are considered by some non-US aircraft operators to introduce an unacceptable level of additional risk; consequently, their flight crews are instructed to decline offers of such clearances.   
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*'''Simultaneous Use of Intersecting Runways.''' Unless ATM [[SOP]]s are carefully formulated and rigorously applied, use of intersecting runways can significantly raise the risk of both runway incursions and [[Loss of Separation]] between aircraft near the ground and aircraft on the ground. At some airports where intersecting runways are used, especially in the USA, [[Land and Hold Short Operations]] are part of normal procedures. These are considered by some non-US aircraft operators to introduce an unacceptable level of additional risk; consequently, their flight crews are instructed to decline offers of such clearances.   
*'''Late Issue of Departure Clearances''' This may lead to a temporary lapse in flight crew [[Situational Awareness|situational awareness]] as an attempt may then be made to set up the aircraft for departure whilst it is taxiing.   
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*'''Late Issue of or late changes to Departure Clearances.''' This may lead to a temporary lapse in flight crew [[Situational Awareness|situational awareness]] if an attempt is then be made to set up or modify the [[FMS]] for departure whilst it is taxiing.   
*'''Phraseology.''' Use of [[Non-Standard Phraseology]] or non-adherence to [[Standard Phraseology]] can lead to clearance confusion and misunderstanding between flight crew and controllers.  
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*'''Phraseology''' Use of [[Non-Standard Phraseology]] or non-adherence to [[Standard Phraseology]] can lead to clearance confusion and misunderstanding between flight crew and controllers. In particular the standard expression "Taxi into position and hold" used in the USA in place of the ICAO Phrase "Line up and wait" is worthy of note. 
*'''Concurrent Use of More than One Language for ATC communications.''' At some international airports, locally-based users may communicate in the local [[Language|language]] whereas foreign aircraft do so in English. Depending on the nature of the local language and the language skills of the visiting flight crew, this may have the effect of significantly reducing their awareness of the relative position of other traffic
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*'''Concurrent Use of More than One Language for ATC communications.''' At some international airports, locally-based users are permitted to communicate in the local [[Language|language]] whereas foreign aircraft do so in English. Depending on the nature of the local language and the language skills of the visiting flight crew, this may have the effect of significantly reducing their awareness of the relative position of other traffic.
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*'''English Language Competence''' Despite the introduction by ICAO of a system of validating competence in Aviation English, instances of pilots whose native language is not English misunderstanding taxi clearances still occur. 
 
*'''Workload.'''
 
*'''Workload.'''
**'''[[Pilot Workload|Pilot Workload]]'''. Shortly after landing, flight crew have to orientate themselves quickly in respect of their actual position in relation to taxiways and the airport layout. After clearing the landing runway, they also have to reconfigure aircraft systems in accordance with the After Landing Checks and may receive detailed taxi instructions from ATC. Similar levels of workload may occur prior to departure while the flight crew are concurrently carrying out tasks including configuring the aircraft systems ready for take-off, briefing crew and passengers, receiving amended departure clearance instructions from ATC, checking unfamiliar departure procedures, etc. Under these circumstances of high workload, a temporary loss of [[Situational Awareness|situational awareness]] or communications confusion are more likely to occur.
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**'''[[Pilot Workload|Pilot Workload.]]''' Shortly after landing, flight crew have to orientate themselves quickly in respect of their actual position in relation to taxiways and the airport layout. After clearing the landing runway, they also have to reconfigure aircraft systems in accordance with the After Landing Checks and may receive detailed taxi instructions from ATC. Similar levels of workload may occur prior to departure while the flight crew are concurrently carrying out tasks including configuring the aircraft systems ready for take-off, briefing crew and passengers, receiving amended departure clearance instructions from ATC, checking unfamiliar departure procedures, etc. Under these circumstances of high workload, a temporary loss of [[Situational Awareness|situational awareness]] or communications confusion are more likely to occur.
**[[ATCO Work-Load|'''Controller Workload''']]. Controllers handling multiple aircraft movements and handovers have relatively little time available for monitoring individual aircraft to confirm that they are taxiing in accordance with their clearances.
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**[[ATCO Work-Load|'''Controller Workload.]]'''. Controllers handling multiple aircraft movements and handovers have relatively little time available for monitoring individual aircraft to confirm that they are taxiing in accordance with their clearances.
*'''[[Interruption or Distraction|Distraction]]''' This is the immediate cause of many incursions, although the context in which it occurs is often of more direct relevance to effective risk mitigation
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*'''[[Interruption or Distraction|Distraction.]]''' This is the immediate cause of many incursions, although the context in which it occurs is often of more direct relevance to effective risk mitigation
  
 
==Defences==
 
==Defences==
 
Available defences relate to both the occurrence of runway incursions and the danger thereby created. The role of [[Safety Nets]] as a last line of defence against error is increasingly valuable at busy airports with complex movement areas. Not in any order of significance these defences include:
 
Available defences relate to both the occurrence of runway incursions and the danger thereby created. The role of [[Safety Nets]] as a last line of defence against error is increasingly valuable at busy airports with complex movement areas. Not in any order of significance these defences include:
*Maintenance of situation awareness by flight crew and others using the manoeuvering area, specifically in respect of their own location in relation to active runways, and that of other aircraft and vehicles relative to active runways.
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*Maintenance of situation awareness by flight crew and others using the manoeuvring area, specifically in respect of their own location in relation to active runways, and that of other aircraft and vehicles relative to active runways.
 
*Maintenance of situation awareness by TWR and GND ATCOs in respect of aircraft and vehicle disposition and movements near to active runways
 
*Maintenance of situation awareness by TWR and GND ATCOs in respect of aircraft and vehicle disposition and movements near to active runways
 
*Flight Crew use of the [[ACAS|TCAS]] display to provide situational awareness of other aircraft both in the air and on the ground.  
 
*Flight Crew use of the [[ACAS|TCAS]] display to provide situational awareness of other aircraft both in the air and on the ground.  
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*Use of ICAO Standard Phraseology at all times to minimise any risk of clearance confusion.
 
*Use of ICAO Standard Phraseology at all times to minimise any risk of clearance confusion.
 
*Presence of ICAO standard Runway Markings and [[Taxiway Surface Markings and Signs]]
 
*Presence of ICAO standard Runway Markings and [[Taxiway Surface Markings and Signs]]
*Presence of ICAO standard Runway Lighting and [[Taxiway Lighting]] including the installation of [[Runway Guard and Status Lights]]
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*Presence of ICAO standard Runway Lighting and [[Taxiway Lighting]] including the installation of [[Runway Status Lights (RWSL)]] and [[Runway Holding Point Lighting]].
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*Controllers working traffic where the flight crew are not native speakers of English should pay particular attention to their speech clarity, use only standard phraseology and make a particular effort to closely monitor readbacks of taxi clearances.
  
 
==Solutions==
 
==Solutions==
 
Solutions may be found by careful review of the content of:
 
Solutions may be found by careful review of the content of:
 
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/482.pdf Doc 9870: Manual on the Prevention of Runway Incursions] (2007) and  
 
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/482.pdf Doc 9870: Manual on the Prevention of Runway Incursions] (2007) and  
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/151.pdf European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions] (Edition 2.0).
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*[https://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/4093.pdf The European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions], Version 3, November 2017
 
 
In addition, a number of the EUROCONTROL [http://www.eurocontrol.int/runwaysafety/public/standard_page/Awareness.html Runway Safety Implementation Products] are likely to be useful, and in particular the Runway Safety Awareness [http://www.eurocontrol.int/runwaysafety/gallery/content/public/docs/EAPPRI%201_2.zip CD-ROM content].
 
  
 
==Related Articles==
 
==Related Articles==
 
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==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
 
'''Airbus'''
 
'''Airbus'''
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/185.pdf Airbus Runway Operations Briefing Note - Preventing Runway Incursions]
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/185.pdf Airbus Runway Operations Briefing Note - Preventing Runway Incursions]
 
 
 
'''EUROCONTROL'''
 
'''EUROCONTROL'''
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/150.pdf Runway Safety Newsletter February 2007];
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/150.pdf Runway Safety Newsletter February 2007]
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/1439.pdf Runway Safety - Use of Stop Bars 24H];
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/1439.pdf Runway Safety - Use of Stop Bars 24H]
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/23.pdf HindSight1 Runway Incursion - Collision between Shorts 3-30 and Boeing 757 at Paris CDG];
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/23.pdf HindSight1 Runway Incursion - Collision between Shorts 3-30 and Boeing 757 at Paris CDG]
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/40.pdf HindSight3 Runway Incursions: It will Never Happen to Me];
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/40.pdf HindSight3 Runway Incursions: It will Never Happen to Me]
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/77.pdf HindSight4 Near Collision at Los Angeles];
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/77.pdf HindSight4 Near Collision at Los Angeles]
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/84.pdf HindSight5 Finally it was Snowing];
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/84.pdf HindSight5 Finally it was Snowing]
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/95.pdf HindSight6 The Runway and You];
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/95.pdf HindSight6 The Runway and You]
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/3677.pdf HindSight24 Preventing runway collisions]
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*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/4070.pdf Network Manager Safety Study - Aerodrome 'Hot Spot' Survey], March 2016
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*[https://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/4086.pdf  Analysis of reported runway incursion serious incidents  - European data sample of 2013 – 2015], February 2017
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*[https://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/4087.pdf Analysis of investigated runway incursion accidents and serious incidents  - worldwide data sample of 2006 – 2016], April 2017
  
 
'''Flight Safety Foundation'''
 
'''Flight Safety Foundation'''
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/1441.pdf Aero Safety World - 'Erasing Confusion']
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/1441.pdf "Erasing Confusion", Michel Tremaud, ''AeroSafety World'', May 2010.]
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'''FAA'''
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*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/3360.pdf Identification Techniques to Reduce Confusion Between Taxiways and Adjacent Runways], J. W. Patterson, Jr., R. N. Frierson, September 2007
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*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/3361.pdf Engineering Brief No. 72A - Positive Identification Of Runways For Landing], FAA, November 2007
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* [http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/4409.pdf ''FAA Faces Challenges in Implementing and Measuring the Effectiveness of Its 2015 Runway Safety Call to Action Initiatives''], DOT Office of Inspector General, Report No. AV2018058, June 2018.
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*[https://www.faa.gov/airports/runway_safety/vehicle/best_practices/ Vehicle Drivers: Best Practices for Airfield Safety], FAA website.
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*[https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/FAA_Order_7050.1B.pdf Runway Safety Program], FAA Order 7050.1B, 7 Nov. 2013.
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'''IATA'''
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*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/3998.pdf IATA Runway Safety Accident Analysis Report 2010-2014] 1st Edition, 2015
  
 
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Description

A Runway Incursion is defined as “Any occurrence at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take off of aircraft”. (ICAO Doc 4444 - PANS-ATM)

It should be noted that this 'incorrect presence' may be a consequence of a failure of a pilot or vehicle driver to comply with a valid ATC clearance or their compliance with an inappropriate ATC clearance.

Effects

An increased risk of collision for aircraft on the ground. When collisions occur off the runway, the aircraft and/or vehicles involved are usually travelling relatively slowly: in contrast, when a collision occurs on the runway, at least one of the aircraft involved will often be travelling at considerable speed which increases the risk of significant aircraft damage and the severity of the consequences therefrom, including serious or fatal injury.

Most Common Runway Incursion Types

According to the analysis of a sample of investigated accidents and serious incidents involving runway incursions which occurred in the period 2014-2016, the following generic types can be distinguished:

  • Incorrect entry of an aircraft or vehicle onto the runway protected area (without or contrary to ATC clearance or due to incorrect ATC clearance)
  • Incorrect presence of a vacating aircraft or vehicle onto the runway protected area
  • Incorrect runway crossing by an aircraft or vehicle (without or contrary to ATC clearance or due to incorrect ATC clearance)
  • Incorrect spacing between successive arriving or arriving and departing or departing and arriving aircraft
  • Landing without ATC clearance
  • Take-off without ATC clearance

Typical Scenarios

  • ATCO-induced situation. The controller does not ensure sufficient spacing between two successive landing aircraft or between the preceding departing aircraft and the succeeding landing aircraft, and issues the landing clearance to the succeeding aircraft which causes the infringement of the applicable runway use spacing/separation minima.
  • Flight Crew-induced situation. An aircraft lands at an unfamiliar airport and the flight crew becomes disorientated as they exit the runway. Despite this, they acknowledge taxi instructions and without being confident of their position or the taxi route given, continue taxing and inadvertently enter an active runway.
  • Vehicle driver-induced situation. The vehicle driver is not sufficiently familiar with the maneuvering area layout at an airport (e.g. due to inappropriate training and lack of formal runway access approval dependent upon satisifactory training completion) and misinterprets the runway entry clearance issued by ATC which causes him to enter the runway at the incorrect position.

Contributory Factors

  • Weather. Low visibility may increase the chance of flight crew becoming disorientated and unsure of their position whilst taxying. Low visibility is also likely to restrict a controller’s ability to identify and follow aircraft visually so that cross-checking a reported aircraft position with its actual location may become impossible unless Surface Movement Radar is available.
  • Aerodrome design. If, as a consequence of aerodrome design, aircraft have to cross active runways to move between their take off or landing runway and their parking position, the likelihood of runway incursions is increased. This risk may be reduced if the Local Runway Safety Teams (LRST) identifies the Runway Hotspots thereby created and effective risk mitigation is developed and applied. Operation with intersecting active runways is also likely to require careful consideration to ensure that the inherently increased risk of conflict is adequately managed.
  • Multiple Simultaneous Line-ups. Use of Multiple Line-ups for a series of aircraft departures from the same runway from different entry positions may increase the potential for runway collision.
  • Conditional Clearances If conditional clearances are used, the risk consequent upon any error in their issue or actioning may be increased because of errors in aircraft identification by adjacent aircraft. The chances of such errors are increased if aircraft livery does not readily correspond to the RTF callsign being used; this is sometimes the result of airline alliance livery policies or the ad hoc operational substitution of leased-in aircraft.
  • Simultaneous Use of Intersecting Runways. Unless ATM SOPs are carefully formulated and rigorously applied, use of intersecting runways can significantly raise the risk of both runway incursions and Loss of Separation between aircraft near the ground and aircraft on the ground. At some airports where intersecting runways are used, especially in the USA, Land and Hold Short Operations are part of normal procedures. These are considered by some non-US aircraft operators to introduce an unacceptable level of additional risk; consequently, their flight crews are instructed to decline offers of such clearances.
  • Late Issue of or late changes to Departure Clearances. This may lead to a temporary lapse in flight crew situational awareness if an attempt is then be made to set up or modify the Flight Management System for departure whilst it is taxiing.
  • Phraseology Use of Non-Standard Phraseology or non-adherence to Standard Phraseology can lead to clearance confusion and misunderstanding between flight crew and controllers. In particular the standard expression "Taxi into position and hold" used in the USA in place of the ICAO Phrase "Line up and wait" is worthy of note.
  • Concurrent Use of More than One Language for ATC communications. At some international airports, locally-based users are permitted to communicate in the local language whereas foreign aircraft do so in English. Depending on the nature of the local language and the language skills of the visiting flight crew, this may have the effect of significantly reducing their awareness of the relative position of other traffic.
  • English Language Competence Despite the introduction by ICAO of a system of validating competence in Aviation English, instances of pilots whose native language is not English misunderstanding taxi clearances still occur.
  • Workload.
    • Pilot Workload. Shortly after landing, flight crew have to orientate themselves quickly in respect of their actual position in relation to taxiways and the airport layout. After clearing the landing runway, they also have to reconfigure aircraft systems in accordance with the After Landing Checks and may receive detailed taxi instructions from ATC. Similar levels of workload may occur prior to departure while the flight crew are concurrently carrying out tasks including configuring the aircraft systems ready for take-off, briefing crew and passengers, receiving amended departure clearance instructions from ATC, checking unfamiliar departure procedures, etc. Under these circumstances of high workload, a temporary loss of situational awareness or communications confusion are more likely to occur.
    • Controller Workload.. Controllers handling multiple aircraft movements and handovers have relatively little time available for monitoring individual aircraft to confirm that they are taxiing in accordance with their clearances.
  • Distraction. This is the immediate cause of many incursions, although the context in which it occurs is often of more direct relevance to effective risk mitigation

Defences

Available defences relate to both the occurrence of runway incursions and the danger thereby created. The role of Safety Nets as a last line of defence against error is increasingly valuable at busy airports with complex movement areas. Not in any order of significance these defences include:

  • Maintenance of situation awareness by flight crew and others using the manoeuvring area, specifically in respect of their own location in relation to active runways, and that of other aircraft and vehicles relative to active runways.
  • Maintenance of situation awareness by TWR and GND ATCOs in respect of aircraft and vehicle disposition and movements near to active runways
  • Flight Crew use of the TCAS display to provide situational awareness of other aircraft both in the air and on the ground.
  • Effective flight crew use of appropriate features of Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) if installed
  • Where installed, effective procedures for the use of Enhanced Vision Systems (Enhanced Vision System) for improved awareness of runway occupancy
  • Use of ICAO Standard Phraseology at all times to minimise any risk of clearance confusion.
  • Presence of ICAO standard Runway Markings and Taxiway Surface Markings and Signs
  • Presence of ICAO standard Runway Lighting and Taxiway Lighting including the installation of Runway Status Lights (RWSL) and Runway Holding Point Lighting.
  • Controllers working traffic where the flight crew are not native speakers of English should pay particular attention to their speech clarity, use only standard phraseology and make a particular effort to closely monitor readbacks of taxi clearances.

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