Serious incident Boeing 737-8AS (WL) EI-EKR,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 279295
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Date:Saturday 28 May 2022
Time:12:32 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Registration: EI-EKR
MSN: 38503/3202
Year of manufacture:2010
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 189
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:near Palma de Mallorca Airport (LEPA) -   Spain
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA)
Destination airport:Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
A loss of separation occurred between a Cirrus SF-50 (N66HR), and a Boeing 737-800 (EI-EKR), which required an evasive maneuver.
The Cirrus had taken off from Mallorca/Son Bonet airport (LESB), at 10:30 UTC, bound for Ibiza airport (LEIB), to make a private flight.
The Boeing 737 had taken off from runway 24R of Palma de Mallorca Airport (LEPA), at 10:31 UTC as flight FR3442, bound for Manchester Airport (EGCC).
After taking off, the Cirrus headed south from the Mallorca/Son Bonet airport (LESB), passing through the extension of runway 24R of the Palma de Mallorca airport (LEPA). The 737, already in the climb, required a right turn to avoid converging with the path of the Cirrus. Both aircraft continued with their respective flights without additional incidents.
There were no injuries. No damage occurred.
The shortest distance between the aircraft was 0.65 NM horizontally and 116 ft vertically.

The investigation has determined that the incident was caused by the unauthorised presence of the N66HR aircraft within the Aerodrome Transit Zone (ATZ) of Palma de Mallorca International Airport (LEPA) due to deficient flight planning.
The following factors are considered to have contributed to the incident:
- The lack of the knowledge and skills of the pilot of the aircraft N66HR to carry out a flight with the characteristics of the one involved in the event.
- The inadequate management of the perceived problem on board the N66HR aircraft due to poor decision-making.
- The fact that the pilot of the N66HR aircraft failed to comply with the VFR communications procedures in force within the Palma TMA by not communicating or listening in on the frequencies established within the Palma ATZ.
- The inadequate language proficiency exhibited by the pilot of the N66HR aircraft during the incident flight, as evidenced by the limited ability to understand the information and instructions received.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Report number: IN-027/2022
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

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Revision history:

16-Jun-2022 19:02 harro Added
07-Feb-2024 18:46 ASN Updated [Total occupants, Narrative, Accident report]

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