Emirates Flight Involved in ‘Near Disaster’ Second Time in Less Than a Month
An Emirates Boeing 777-300, registration registration A6-EQA, was instructed to reject takeoff at a speed above 100 knots (approx. 185 km/h) over ground due to a crossing aircraft.
According to the details, a Boeing 777-300 performing flight EK-524 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Hyderabad (India) began acceleration for takeoff from runway 30R without permission from the Air Traffic Control (ATC). The aircraft slowed safely and vacated the runway via taxiway N4 behind the aircraft, that had crossed the runway.
Baaghi TV learnt that ATC ordered the pilots operating flight EK524 but the aircraft had reportedly already reached 130 knots of indicated airspeed before the pilots rejected the takeoff. Surprisingly, after taxiing back to a holding point on the airfield, the flight was cleared to depart just 30 minutes later without further incident.
It is to be noted that the Emirates aircraft had to abort the take-off at high speed on January 9, 2022, as another Boeing 777-300 of the airline crossed the runway.
Emirates confirms the incident saying: “On January 9th, flight EK524 was instructed by air traffic control to abort the take-off in Dubai, which was also successfully done. The aircraft was not damaged and there were no injuries.”
The aircraft was not damaged and there were no injuries. “Safety is always our top priority, and as with any other incident, we conduct our own internal investigation,” said the Emirates’ spokesperson. At the same time, the incident is being investigated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS).
It was only at the end of December that an Emirates Boeing 777 narrowly escaped a disaster in Dubai as a Washington-bound aircraft nearly impacted the ground after the flight failed to properly set a climb, which resulted in the flight director, a system similar to autopilot, nearly plunging the aircraft into the ground after take off.
Unconfirmed reports and corroborated by data from FlightRadar24 reveal that the pilot failed to correct the take off climb altitude, which was set to 00000 feet instead of 4,000 feet. As a result, the aircraft started coming back towards the ground during a critical phase of flight. The plane got as low as 175 feet, according to FlightRadar24 data.
Last week, Airline Ratings named Emirates as one of the 20 safest airlines in the world, while the Hamburg-based Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre recently named Emirates as the safest airline in the world.
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