Event Details

Title:Runway overrun by Celtic Airways Fokker F.27, G-ECAT, at Sligo Airport, Ireland, November 2, 2002
Micro summary:A fast, low non-precision approach by this F.27 resulted in a runway overrun.
Event Time:2002-11-02 at 1702 UTC
File Name:2002-11-02-IE.pdf
Publishing Agency:Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU)
Publishing Country:Ireland
Report number:2005/015
Site of event:Landing RWY 11, Sligo Airport, Ireland
Latitude/Longitude:N541648 W0083557
Departure:Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland
Destination:Sligo Airport, Strandhill, Ireland
Airplane Type(s):Fokker F-27
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Celtic Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft was operating a scheduled passenger flight from Dublin to Sligo. The flight departed Dublin Airport (EIDW) at 16.05 hrs and carried out a Non-Directional Beacon/Distance Measuring Equipment (NDB/DME) approach to Runway (RWY) 11 at Sligo Airport. The aircraft, according to the pilots and eyewitnesses, carried out a lower and faster approach than normal, due to gusty wind conditions, and touched down further along the runway than normal i.e. almost halfway down the runway. The aircraft skidded along the runway and off at its end, coming to a halt with the nose section of the aircraft in the sea, with the main wheels resting on the edge of the embankment leading to the sea. The passengers and crew evacuated through the rear portside passenger door, down fire service ladders, and were bussed to the terminal building. There was no aircraft fire or reported injuries. The accident occurred at evening twilight.

Primary Cause
The probable cause of this accident was a fast, low approach, leading to the aircraft landing late, beyond the normal touch down point, thereby making it impossible to stop the aircraft on the remaining runway available.

Contributory Cause

1 The lack of an adequate overrun area before an aircraft, failing to stop on the runway, enters the sea.

2. The lack of experience of the Operator in scheduled air operations.

3. The changing operational management structure and uncertain nature of the direction of the company with regard to aircraft type and network development.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Evacuation
Operations - Runway Overrun
Operations - Unstabilized Approach
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Runway overrun, Western Air Lines, Inc., Boeing 737-200, N4527W, Casper , Wyoming, March 31, 1975
Runway Overrun, Inter-Canadien Fokker F28 Mk 1000 C-GTIZ, St. John's, Newfoundland, 01 August 1999


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