(Editor's Note: Below is the unedited
Preliminary Report issued recently by the National Transportation
Safety Board, regarding an October 11 incident at Memphis
International Airport. The report says it all...)
NTSB Identification: OPS08IA001
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Thursday, October 11, 2007 in Memphis, TN
Aircraft: Cessna C 525, registration: N241EP
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may
contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when
the final report has been completed.
On October 11, 2007, at approximately 7:40 pm Central daylight
time, N241EP, a Cessna Citation 525, departed on taxiway M at
Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee during night
visual meteorological conditions.
The tower controller cleared the flight for takeoff on runway
36L when the airplane was on taxiway N. The crew acknowledged the
clearance, turned right, and began takeoff roll on taxiway M.
The tower controller made two transmissions to advise that the
crew that they were departing on a taxiway. The crew of N241EP
acknowledged the advisory just after lifting off taxiway M.
Holding on taxiway M at taxiway M6 was Pinnacle Airlines (FLG)
flight 5905, a CRJ2. The initial report from the Federal Aviation
Administration stated that N241EP over flew FLG5905 by 400 to 500
The FAA classified the incident as a pilot deviation.