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Polish ATR-42 takes off from taxiway at Wroclaw
18 November 2011

On November 15, an ATR-42 passenger plane inadvertently took off from a taxiway at Wroclaw, Poland according to a report by Polish news channel TVN24.

Eurolot Flight 012 took off from a closed taxiway at Wroclaw-Strachowice Airport (WRO/EPWR), Poland. Visibility was poor (400 m) due to fog at the time of the incident. Wroclaw has a single runway (11/29) with a parallel taxiway. The taxiway was NOTAMed closed.

Weather reported at the time of the incident (06:00 UTC / 07:00 local):
METAR EPWR 150600Z VRB01KT 0600 R29/0800 FZFG OVC002 M00/M01 Q1027=
METAR EPWR 150630Z VRB02KT 0150 R29/0350 FZFG OVC002 M00/M01 Q1027=

Following the incident the following NOTAM was issued:
A6743/11 – ALL ACFT TAXING TO OPERATION TAKE OFF ONLY WITH ASSISTANCE OF FOLLOW ME CAR IF RVR LOWER THAN 400M. 15 NOV 11:27 2011 UNTIL 16 DEC 22:00 2011 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 15 NOV 11:28 2011

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