Event Details

Title:Collision with edge lights on takeoff, Serious incident on March 5, 2002 at Dresden Airport involving an Aerospatiale ATR-72-212i
Micro summary:On takeoff, the ATR-72 collided with runway lights.
Event Time:2002-03-05 at 2033 local
File Name:2002-03-05-DE.pdf
Publishing Agency:Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU)
Publishing Country:Germany
Report number:5X005-0/02
Site of event:Dresden airport
Departure:Dresden Klotzsche Airport, Dresden, Germany
Destination:Stuttgart Airport, Stuttgart, Germany
Airplane Type(s):ATR 72-212i
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The crew conducted a scheduled flight from Dresden to Stuttgart. 4 crew members and 27 passengers were aboard the aeroplane.

At 20:33 hrs1 the crew received the take-off clearance from the responsible air traffic control unit (Tower) for runway 22; indicated wind was 190 and 1 kt. The weather was good and there were no obstructions of visibility in the dark night. The runway was dry. With reaching the decision speed (V1) during the takeoff run the crew felt two or three heavy bumps against the nose landing gear. After a normal gear retraction procedure, the crew checked the aeroplane hydraulic system. There were no irregularities to be found. The crew continued the flight to the destination airport.

The pilot-in-command (PIC) reported to the Tower that during the take-off run the aeroplane had obviously collided with an object (foreign body) on the runway.

During a runway inspection conducted as a result, three lights of the left runway edge lighting were found destroyed.

The landing at Stuttgart was made at 21:37 hrs without any problems.

The incident happened because the pilot-in-command confused the centre line lighting of runway 22 with the left runway edge lighting. This confusion was not noticed by the co-pilot.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airport Markings or Lighting
Operations - Ground Collision
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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