Investigation into close shave at Gatwick Airport

The Argus: Gatwick Airport Gatwick Airport

An investigation is underway after a passenger plane landed at an international airport without clearance.

A controller at Gatwick Airport instructed the pilot of a Boeing 737 to abort a landing at 6.50pm on Monday because the runway was occupied by an aircraft that had already landed, according to the National Air Traffic Services.

The crew of the plane acknowledged instructions to "go-around" but the aircraft continued to land just moments after the other plane left the runway.

Despite the close shave, a NATS spokesman said as the unauthorised plane landed, the runway was no longer occupied and safety was not jeopardised at any time.

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2:12pm Wed 8 Jan 14

downbythesea says...

Safety not jeopardised?

More by luck than planning I'd say, even when touched down on the runway the pilot could have taken off again immediately, it's known as touch-and-go.

Sounds like a right co ck up to me!
Safety not jeopardised? More by luck than planning I'd say, even when touched down on the runway the pilot could have taken off again immediately, it's known as touch-and-go. Sounds like a right co ck up to me! downbythesea

2:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Crystal Ball says...

Were Wallace and Gromit involved?
Were Wallace and Gromit involved? Crystal Ball

2:37pm Wed 8 Jan 14

pwlr1966 says...

If there was a second runway this shouldn't happen!
If there was a second runway this shouldn't happen! pwlr1966

3:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

gwhite1506 says...

Well done BBC, glad you are showing the second runway at Gatwick, oops! No it's an image of Heathrow, close (42 miles out)
Well done BBC, glad you are showing the second runway at Gatwick, oops! No it's an image of Heathrow, close (42 miles out) gwhite1506

3:14pm Wed 8 Jan 14

gwhite1506 says...

My error in previous posting, should read:
Well done Argus, glad you are showing the second runway at Gatwick, oops! No it's an image of Heathrow, close (42 miles out)
My error in previous posting, should read: Well done Argus, glad you are showing the second runway at Gatwick, oops! No it's an image of Heathrow, close (42 miles out) gwhite1506

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