United Airlines Boeing 777 involved in runway incursion at Honolulu airport

The aircraft would have been within 1,200 feet of another aircraft that had arrived at an active runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an incident involving a Boeing 777-200 operated by United Airlines arriving in Honolulu from Denver last month. As it taxied to the gate, the jumbo jet reportedly crossed an active runway in front of another landing aircraft.

The near miss also prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to investigate and introduce a formal safety review. Agency officials said the United 777 was told to hold by air traffic control, but did not stop and continued to taxi past the runway.


Incident details

The 777, registration N774UA, was operating United Airlines flight UAL348 from Denver International Airport on January 23. The aircraft landed safely at Honolulu International Airport on Runway 4R and departed the runway at a speed of 27 knots on taxiway K. The aircraft then passed the holding markers at away from runways 8L-26R and 4L-22R on taxiway K, traveling at about 19 knots, according to data from FlightRadar24.com.

Less than 10 seconds before this moment, Kamaka Air flight 145, operated by a Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster, landed on runway 4L, parallel to 4R. As it completed its deployment, United 348 entered the runway area where 8L-26R and 4L-22R intersect taxiway K at a speed of 14 knots and departed the runway area less than a minute later. late.

FlightRadar24.com noted that the 777’s physical size was not represented by the Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) data point, a surveillance technology that determines an aircraft’s position via satellite navigation. For this reason the coordinates were taken from a single point on the airframe, which means parts of the aircraft may have been on the runway for a longer period.

Recent trend in near-misses

UAL348 would have been in the middle of runway 4L, while the Cessna cargo plane slowed to about 44 knots at about 1,200 feet. The Cessna 208 took two more seconds to decelerate to one knot before turning left onto taxiway E, then onto taxiway B, according to FlightRadar24.com. The two aircraft did not make contact and no injuries were reported.


United’s comment

In a statement to Simple Flying, a United Airlines spokesperson said:

“We refer questions about this to the NTSB as they investigate.”

The incident comes less than two weeks after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 and a FedEx Boeing 767 came within 100 feet of each other at Austin-Bergstom International Airport. Another near miss occurred last month at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York when an American Airlines Boeing 777 nearly collided with Delta Air Lines 737.

United Airlines Boeing 777 landing

Photo: Lukas Souza | single flight

To take part

In light of recent aviation incidents, the FAA has ordered a safety team review of the US aviation system and would host a safety summit next month. In a memo obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen said the security review team will examine the structure, culture, processes, systems and integration of efforts security of the country’s aerospace system.

“We are living in the safest time in aviation history, but we cannot take this for granted,” says Nolan. “Recent events remind us that we must not become complacent. Now is the time to look at the data and ask the tough questions.”

NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said in an interview last week that the board had opened investigations into 18 runway incursion incidents since 2013, including two from last summer that are still under investigation. investigation, according to Reuters.

Source: FlightRadar24.com, Reuters, Reuters

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