The NTSB has clarified its runway incursion reporting rule when it comes to helicopters.
T. F. Green Airport runway incursion
With a near runway collision in Allentown, Pa., fresh in their minds, the House aviation subcommittee members revisited the persistent problem of runway incursions late last month.
Gulfstream V/Hawker 800A, Teterboro, N.J., Dec. 27, 2007–An East Coast Jets Hawker 800A and a GV were involved in a runway incursion at Teterboro Airport while ground control training was in progress. The Hawker, ECJ Flight 81, landed on Runway 6 and was told by the certified local controller in the tower to “turn left at Taxiway Bravo if able, cross [Runway] One, contact ground.”
While the NTSB investigation into last month’s runway incursion at Denver International Airport continues, the pilot of one of the aircraft involved said blowing snow, which reduced visibility and covered the taxiway, caused disorientation, leading his Key Lime Air Metroliner to taxi onto an active runway. Pilots of a Frontier Airlines A319 that had been cleared to land saw the Metroliner while only 50 to 100 feet above the runway.
When the nation’s news media rounded up the pundits to comment on the possible causes of the August 27 crash of Comair Flight 5191, many could conjure reasonable speculation about why the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100 jet lined up on Lexington Blue Grass Airport’s 3,500-foot Runway 26 rather than the main, 7,000-foot, Runway 22.