Tue, Jan 01, 2008
Official Says Vehicle Was "Forgotten" By Controllers
There were no injuries from a
plane-versus-car runway accident this weekend in Bucharest.
Local news reports state a TAROM-Romanian Air Transport Boeing
737-300 struck a car left by airport crews inspecting runway
lighting. Officials say the plane was taxiing on the runway for
takeoff Sunday, when the accident occurred.
It's not clear whether the airliner was actually on its takeoff
roll, however... as video footage taken by a passenger onboard the
airliner shows the plane moving at a fairly fast clip immediately
before the impact.
"This was a serious incident in which the plane was damaged,"
Otopeni Airport spokesperson Valentin Iordache told reporters.
Tarom director Gheorghe Barla said the vehicle had been
"forgotten" by the control tower, and low visibility conditions at
the airport prevented the flight crew from seeing the car.
"A disaster was avoided thanks to the crew's professionalism,"
said TAROM managing director Gheorghe Barla.
All 120 persons onboard the flight to Egypt were evacuated from
the stricken plane, which suffered damage to the number one engine
and left maingear.
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