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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147085
Last updated: 12 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B763 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 767-332ER
Owner/operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N193DN
MSN: 28450/671
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 138
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS) -   Netherlands
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS)
Destination airport:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL)
At the time of the incident low visibility and a low cloudbase (7/8 overcast at 100 feet and a general visibility of 1700m in mist) made visual control from the tower impossible. Low visibility procedures were in force. Delta flight 39 had been cleared for take-off from runway 24. Almost at the same time a KLM Boeing 747, being towed and accompanied by a yellow van was cleared to cross runway 24 at the position of exit 2. During the take-off roll the pilots of DAL 39 observed the towed Boeing 747 crossing the runway. The take off was aborted and the aircraft brought to a standstill before reaching the position of the tow.
The following causal factors were identified:
(i) Low visibility weather conditions which prevented Air Traffic Control to visually identify vehicles on the ground;
(ii) Inadequate information during the radio communications between tow (yellow van) and Tower;
(iii) Misinterpretation of position and movement of the tow;
(iv) Take-off clearance without positive confirmation that the runway was unobstructed;
(v) Insufficient teamwork and supervision.


RVTV Rapport 98-85 / S-14


Photo of N193DN courtesy

Amsterdam - Schiphol (EHAM / AMS)
20 April 2019; (c) Fred Verheul

Revision history:

26-Jul-2012 07:20 harro Added

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