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Seconds to disaster as an aircraft bound for Manchester almost overshoots the runway in Lisbon

Easy Jet aircraft: Pic Darren Marsden

An Easy Jet (G-EZWE) Airbus A320 with 167 passengers on board and 6 crew were leaving Lisbon Airport when calculations were wrongly made by the flight crew.

The resulting error meant the aircraft heading for over 150mph had only 110 metres of runway remaining, going at them speeds it would have been only 1.3 seconds to disaster.

This incident was reported to the AAIB on 16 September 2019.

The aircraft managed to get in the air and no one on board was aware of the drama unfolding.

Since the investigation the operator has updated software on its aircraft so an alert can be made if the aircraft is about to overshoot the runway.

Similar incidents occurred in the past according to the report, overshooting the runway at these speeds would lead to a search for life situation.

You can read the full report here https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f2173e08fa8f57ac3af2d31/Airbus_A320-214_G-EZWE_09-20.pdf

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