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FAA issues Safety Alert for Operators to prevent wrong runway takeoffs
14 January 2015

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Safety Alert for Operators to prevent wrong runway takeoffs.

The FAA reported that on July 29, 2014 at 05:51 CDT, a Boeing 737 air carrier airplane was cleared by the tower of an unnamed airport to depart on a runway which was not authorized for scheduled air carrier aircraft with more than 9 passenger seats. The incident was quickly rectified by the airport authority with the local control tower.

This incident brought to light the issue of an air carrier operating on a runway that is restricted by NOTAM or in the Airport Facility Directories (AFD). The runway in question was annotated in the AFD under the Airport Remarks section as being restricted for scheduled air carrier operations with more than 9 passenger seats, or unscheduled air carrier operations at least 31 passenger seats.

The FAA recommends Directors of safety and directors of operations of airlines to ensure that information for restricted runways are distributed to operations personnel to include dispatch personnel and pilots prior to beginning each flight. Non-certificated runways should not be available for the calculation of takeoff or landing data to further enhance safety and minimize the inherent risk in an aircraft being able to depart or land on a non-approved or certificated runway.

FAA SAFO 15001

FAA SAFO 15001