I’m really beginning to wonder about the safety of Emirates after another Boeing 777 incident that could have resulted in the catastrophic loss of hundreds of lives.
A Second “Near Disaster” Incident On Emirates EK524
This isn’t clickbait. Here’s what we know about the incident, as reported by the Aviation Herald:
- The incident took place on January 9, 2022.
- EK524 from Dubai (DXB) to Hyderabad (HYD), operated by a Boeing 777-300 (registration A6-EQA, with capacity for up to 427 passengers) hurtled down runway 30R at Dubai International Airport even though it had not been granted clearance to take off.
- At the same time, another Emirates 777-300 (registration A6-EBY), preparing to take off for Bangalore (BLR) on EK568, was taxiing for departure and was cleared by air traffic control to cross runway 30R.
- The crew of EK524 was ordered to abort takeoff; it had already traveled 2,600 feet down the runway and reached speeds of 130 knots.
- Pilots were successful in bringing the aircraft to a sudden stop and pulled off the active runway behind EK568
The Aviation Herald reports that two independent sources confirmed the incident.
Just weeks after revelations of pilot error that could have led to the crash of a 777-300ER when pilots failed to immediately the notice plane’s nose was pitching down, comes a fresh incident of alleged pilot error.
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I’m not a safety expert. Nor am I a pilot. But as a consumer and someone who has closely watched this industry for nearly 20 years, these recent event should be very unsettling to Emirates. While Emirates has stoically declined to comment thus far, these incidents demand a response and suggest that immediate reform is needed within the organization.
Emirates faces more scrutiny after revelations of a second near-miss incident that could have resulted in catastrophic loss. It’s time for Emirates to be transparent about these incidents and take concrete steps to ensure they are never repeated.
image: Anna Zvereva (of A6-EQA, one of the aircraft involved in this incident)