The pilot of a Singapore Airlines B777-300 abandoned take-off, slammed on the brakes and shredded the plane’s tyres to avoid disaster when another plane suddenly moved in front of it on the runway.
The SIA plane, about to take off for San Francisco, made its dramatic emergency stop at South Korea’s Seoul Incheon Airport. A Korean Air flight had turned onto the runway without permission, Korea IT Times reported.
The quick-thinking SIA pilot appears to have averted a disaster. Reports say the SIA plane, with 186 passengers and 18 crew aboard, was travelling at 105 knots (195 kmh) when the pilot slammed on all brakes.
The Aviation Herald said the planes ended up on the runway just 1.5 km apart – not a long distance at the sort of speed involved.
The authoritative online publication said the Korean Air A330-200 was about to fly to Saint Petersburg, Russia and was taxiing for departure from one of the runways “but unexpectedly joined taxiway G crossing runway 15R at the end and taxied past the hold short line”.
The Singapore Airlines plane was “accelerating for take-off” when the control tower spotted the Korean Airlines aircraft incursion on the runway.
“The Singapore crew rejected takeoff at high speed (about 105 knots over ground),” the Aviation Herald reported.
“A number of main tyres deflated about 270 meters from the runway threshold and disabled the aircraft.”
The Korean Airlines flight was delayed by just an hour and a half but the SIA plane needed to have its shredded tyres repaired. The SIA flight was delayed by 19 hours.
Written by Peter Needham