Near Total Disaster- Flyover Style. Almost a BBQ on the way to a BBQ

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Near Total Disaster- Flyover Style. Almost a BBQ on the way to a BBQ

Postby 3WE » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:39 am

Not Flyover International, but Springfield Branson National (not to be confused with Branson regional whatever).
A jetliner taking off at Springfield-Branson National Airport narrowly missed hitting an airport van crossing the runway driven by an employee running late to a barbecue. Surveillance video at the Missouri airport shows a dark van crossing over the runway – just seconds before an Envoy Air jet carrying 50 passengers and three crew members takes off from the same runaway.
The best part of the story was that the ground folks were a tad late and on the way to a staff BBQ on the airport grounds.

Security camera jetphotos show the van past the runway and crossing the hold short line with the aircraft 10's of feet in the air right at the intersection...

Not a particularly good thing for style points.

This one kinda seems to be long in the cowboy improvisational idiocy department for thevan crew...ummm, you don't communicate with the tower when operating on a runway? And the driver's quotes kinda seem to imply he didn't look very much before crossing.

And, did the tower notice any of this? The flight crew?
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Re: Near Total Disaster- Flyover Style. Almost a BBQ on the way to a BBQ

Postby elaw » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:48 am

How does that Einstein quote go, about the universe and human stupidity both being infinite?
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Re: Near Total Disaster- Flyover Style. Almost a BBQ on the way to a BBQ

Postby 3WE » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:23 pm

#fortherecord: This was broad daylight and no real meteorological restrictions to visibility, and I would THINK this airport has pretty good line-of-sight visibility (Airport is on the prarie and not the Ozark mountains. (though I concede there could be a little 'micro' topography there.))

I suppose we should demand that the FAA declare that intersection a hot spot (if it isn't already).
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Re: Near Total Disaster- Flyover Style. Almost a BBQ on the way to a BBQ

Postby Gabriel » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:42 am

How does that Einstein quote go, about the universe and human stupidity both being infinite?
He was not so sure about the infiniteness of one of them.


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