Wed, Jun 20, 2007
NTSB: Avanti, SR22 Cleared To Depart On Intersecting
According to an NTSB Preliminary Report issued this week, two
aircraft narrowly avoided a very close call at New Jersey's
Teterboro Airport this weekend.
The report states the runway incursion occurred Sunday afternoon
at 1320 EDT, after a Piaggio P-180 Avanti and Cirrus SR22 were each
cleared for takeoff on intersecting runways.
The Piaggio was cleared to depart first, on runway 24; less than
a minute later, the SR22 pilot advised the tower he was ready for
an intersection departure on runway 19. The controller cleared the
SR22 to take off, and climb to 1,000 feet on a northwesterly
The NTSB states the Avanti pilot saw the SR22 rolling, and
applied the brakes hard, blowing out each of the tires on the
Piaggio's maingear. The Cirrus rolled in front of the Avanti less
than 50 feet ahead, and proceeded to take off.
The Avanti came to a stop in the intersection. An ANN News-Spy
who was planewatching at TEB at the time states the Avanti slid
sideways during its stop, before turning "almost 120 degrees" to
the right. The aircraft remained upright, and on the runway.
No injuries were reported onboard either aircraft.
According to the prelim, the tower controller who had cleared
both flights for departure did not see the incursion, and did not
cancel either takeoff clearance. VFR conditions prevailed at the
time, with 10 miles visibility.
Two other controllers, in training, were working clearance
delivery with their backs turned from the front of the tower cab. A
fourth controller was on break.
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