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Monday, 14 March 2011

Airbus Updates No.122

Incident: SATA A320 at Lajes on Mar 4th 2011, ran over obstacle on runway

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Mar 14th 2011 13:39Z, last updated Monday, Mar 14th 2011 13:42Z
A SATA International Airbus A320-200, registration CS-TKK performing flight S4-131 from Lisbon to Terceira Azores Islands (Portugal), approached Terceira's Lajes Airport runway 15 at 11:20L (10:20Z). The runway was wet with runway markings hardly recognizeable, re-surfacing work was in progress on the western (right hand) half of the runway leaving only the left half of the width (but full length) of the runway available. The airplane landed right of the displaced runway center line with all wheels inside the assigned runway area, but during roll out ran over a sand bag holding a cable for the temporary runway edge lights causing damage to a tyre, that did not deflate however.

The runway was closed for about 30 minutes as a result.

The airplane was able to depart again about 90 minutes later after the damaged tyre was replaced.

There is dispute about whether the sand bag plus cable was displaced and inside the assigned runway area or not.

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