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Aviation: Gibraltar Flight Safety

Volume 687: debated on Friday 15 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What findings they have made in relation to the incident between flight BA6906 at 4.45 pm from Gatwick to Gibraltar on 22 November and a stationary military helicopter on the runway. [HL596]

At 19:13 GMT on 29 November a British Airways flight was directed by Gibraltar Air Traffic Control to abort its approach to Gibraltar Airport due to a vehicle on the runway. The vehicle in question was a Defence Fire Services vehicle carrying out a routine check for debris following the closure of the road which crosses the runway. The vehicle responded late to the request to check the runway and thus was still conducting its inspection as the aircraft arrived. An occurrence report has been submitted to the civil authorities regarding this event and the fire crew have been re-briefed on their response time. However, no further action is necessary as air traffic control procedures worked correctly and ensured the safety of the aircraft.