Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Delta Air Lines, Boeing 737-900: Incident occurred November 29, 2017 at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL), Atlanta, Georgia

National Transportation Safety Board Office of Public Affairs 
NTSB Releases Incident Investigation Information
12/13/2017

​WASHINGTON (Dec. 13, 2017) — The National Transportation Safety Board released information gathered to date from its investigation of an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The incident involves Delta Air Lines flight 2196, which was cleared to land on runway 09R at about 11:06 a.m., Nov. 29, 2017. The airplane was initially lined up on the runway but radar data indicate that when within about one mile of the runway, flight 2196 began to deviate left of the approach course and subsequently aligned with taxiway N. A go-around was initiated after crossing the start of the taxiway. While there was an occupied airplane on taxiway N at that time, flight 2196 did not overfly the airplane during the go-around.

The NTSB was notified of the incident Nov. 30 and began the incident investigation. Investigative groups for this incident include operational factors, human performance, flight data recorder, air traffic control, and meteorology. Parties to the investigation include the Air Line Pilots Association, Delta Air Lines, the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

The factual information from the incident investigation is available on the NTSB’s website at https://go.usa.gov/xnnrJ.

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WASHINGTON — A Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it has opened an investigation into the November 29 incident. Delta flight 2196 had been cleared to land and initially lined up with a runway, but about a mile from the airport the plane began to veer left and lined up with a taxiway where another Delta plane was waiting, according to a preliminary report by the board.

The Boeing B737, which was arriving from Indianapolis, descended to about 100 feet off the ground before aborting the landing and circling back for another try, the report said. When the plane pitched upward to begin its ascent in order to abort the landing, its tail reached as low as 60 feet off the ground, the report said.

Despite the low altitude, the Delta plane didn’t fly over the top of the plane on the taxiway, the report said.

Delta spokesman Michael Thomas said the airline would work with the NTSB on its investigation.

The first officer was at the controls of the Delta plane during the aborted landing and the captain was monitoring, the report said. The first officer told investigators that he was initially too far to the right to line up for the runway and corrected to the left, but apparently “overcorrected,” the report said.

The NTSB was already investigating a July 7 incident in which an Air Canada plane nearly landed on a taxiway in San Francisco that already had four fully loaded and fueled planes lined up and waiting for takeoff.

The deadliest accident in aviation history occurred on March 27, 1977 at the Tenerife airport in the Canary Islands when two Boeing 747s collided on a runway, killing 583 people.

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