Pilot mistakes Santry Cross lights for runway 34

12 years 6 months ago #51147 by cloudsail
http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0918/breaking52.htm

The 1990 McDonnell Douglas DC 9-83 was en route from Lisbon when it was involved in the serious incident on August 16 th last, a preliminary report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Department of Transport said today...

Subsequently, investigators found that lighting from a 16-storey building at Santry Cross appeared at night to resemble the red and white lights of a runway approach system.

...The AAIU investigators said the Irish Aviation Authority should inform pilots and operators of "the possibility of confusing the obstacle at Santry Cross with the approach lighting of runway 34". The IAA has begun issuing such a warning to pilots.

They also asked the IAA to review the suitability of the lighting installed on the 52-metre high Santry building.

A full report into the incident will be published in due course.

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12 years 6 months ago #51148 by voyager
:shock:

Scary stuff .... lets hope I never have to come into land on runway 34!

Bart.

My Home Page - www.bartbusschots.ie

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12 years 6 months ago #51149 by albertw
Thought those red lights were not used anymore. You need to use the bright white strobe lights. Thats what the ESB told me regarding the change on the towers at Ringsend anyway.

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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