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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 73095
Last updated: 6 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-214
Registration: VP-BWM
MSN: 2233
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Oslo/Gardermoen International Airport -   Norway
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Oslo-Gardermoen - ENGM
Destination airport:Moscow-Sheremetyevo - UUEE
Investigating agency: AIBN
On Thursday, 25 February at 1519 hours, a serious aircraft incident took place at Oslo Airport Gardermoen (ENGM). Aeroflot flight number AFL212, an Airbus A320 aircraft, made a taxiing mistake and took off from taxiway M instead of runway 01L. There were three pilots, four cabin crew members and sixty passengers onboard. After the incident, the flight continued as planned to Moscow.
The flight crew was not aware that they had taken off from the taxiway until informed of this by the air traffic controller after take-off. Under the prevailing conditions, taxiway M was by chance long enough for the aircraft to take off. The taxiway was at the time of the incident also free of other traffic and obstacles. This prevented a more serious outcome of the incident.
The investigation has uncovered several causes for AFL212's taxiing mistake and take-off from the taxiway. The factors which contributed to the events can be found with the parties involved, i.e. the airline, the control tower and the airport.
The Accident Investigation Board is of the opinion that deficient procedures and insufficient alertness in the cockpit, in combination with insufficient monitoring from the control tower and insufficient signposting in the manoeuvring area, resulted in AFL212 making a taxiing mistake and taking off from taxiway M.
On the basis of the investigation, the Accident Investigation Board has issued a safety recommendation to the airline involved, Aeroflot Russian Airlines. As the airport has already implemented measures to prevent similar incidents, and the Civil Aviation Authority has reopened an earlier safety recommendation from AIBN to Avinor, no further safety recommendations will be issued.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIBN
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of VP-BWM courtesy

Helsinki - Vantaa (EFHK / HEL)
25 June 2015; (c) Pertti Sipilš

Revision history:

25-Feb-2010 22:59 whiteshark Added
25-Feb-2010 23:26 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Dec-2010 14:21 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]

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