Plane Forced To Go-Around When United Jet Turned Towards
National Transportation Safety Board has found a Delta jet
involved in an incursion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Airport was already on the runway; a finding that contradicts
initial reports saying the jet was still on final approach when the
Initial reports said the Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 was still
approaching the airport when air traffic controllers saw a United
Airlines Airbus A320 make a wrong turn and head toward the runway
the Delta flight had been assigned, according to the Associated
Press. But those reports were incorrect.
The two jets came within 100 feet of each other in the July 11
incident; they were carrying a total of 300 passengers.
According to a preliminary report by the NTSB, "The FLL ground
controller instructed UAL1544 to taxi to runway 9L via taxiway T7.
As the flight was taxiing on taxiway D near runway 9L, the tower
local controller noticed the airplane was going too fast to hold
short of the runway. LC told the GC to tell UAL to stop. The GC
said "UAL 1544 stop, stop, stop." The crew stopped on runway 9L, 30
feet from the centerline."
The local controller then instructed the Delta flight to go
around. When the crew received this instruction, "the main landing
gear was on the ground," said the report. The crew told
investigators they heard the urgency in the controller's voice "so
they knew they had to get the aircraft airborne."
The FAA reported the Delta jet made it over the United jet by
less than 100 feet.
This is the fourth runway incursion FLL has had since June 1,
2006. Two of those were said to be pilot error and the other was
ruled a controller error; none involved collisions, as ANN reported.
The United flight reached its destination without incident at
Dulles International Airport in Washington with 133 passengers on
board, said Megan McCarthy, spokeswoman for UAL Corp.'s United
The Delta flight came in from Atlanta with 167 passengers on
board, said Betsy Talton, a spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Delta Air