Tuesday 20 February 2018

Aviation chiefs deny 'near miss' potential disaster at Dublin Airport

Any risk eliminated when take off aborted

An Aer Lingus jet taking off
An Aer Lingus jet taking off

Air traffic controllers have denied there was a near collision at Dublin Airport when a flight was ordered to abort its take-off.

Aer Lingus pilots were forced to brake on the runway yesterday morning to clear the path for an incoming aircraft which had had to circle the airport before landing.

It is understood former justice minister Alan Shatter was on board the Heathrow-bound flight, which was delayed for more than an hour as the flight lost its slot.

Aviation chiefs insisted that at no time were any passengers in real danger.

The Irish Aviation Authority, which oversees Ireland’s air space, confirmed air traffic control instructed an Aer Lingus aircraft to abort its take off when an incoming aircraft advised that it would perform a go around for technical reasons.

“This was done to ensure that the departing aircraft would not conflict with the flight path of the aircraft going around,” said a spokesman.

“The risk of a possible near miss was therefore eliminated.”

The Department of Transport’s air accident investigation unit said it is aware of the incident and is collecting all relevant data.

“It will then see if they should proceed with an investigation,” a spokesman added.

Aer Lingus said flight EI 152 returned safely to stand and subsequently took off at 7.56am.

“The length of the delay was exacerbated by the fact that the incident occurred during the peak morning period,” it added.

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