The NTSB is investigating two runway incursions that occurred at Cleveland Hopkins
International Airport, OH (CLE).
The most recent occurred at 08:56, June 26, 2009. Express Jet flight 2426, an Embraer ERJ-145, was cleared by the tower developmental controller to cross runway 24L at taxiway S in order to depart from runway 24R. Approximately 19 seconds later, the same controller cleared CommutAir flight 8717, a DHC-8, for takeoff on runway 24L. The Express Jet flight crew saw the departing airplane and advised the tower controller they would not cross the runway. CommutAir 8717 rotated about 1,500 feet from where Express Jet 2426 was positioned.
The incident is the second of its kind at CLE in three weeks. On June 3, 2009, at 15:15, a runway incursion occurred in which a Boeing 737 was cleared by a developmental
controller to taxi into position the same runway on which an Embraer ERJ145 was cleared and entering for take-off. The ERJ145 crew saw the 737 and queried the tower controller. The two flights came within 500 feet of each other on runway 6L.
This was the same developmental controller involved in the June 26 incident. (NTSB)