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A321 LINED UP WITH RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS - Las Vegas
« on: September 01, 2021, 09:03:25 AM »
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An American Airlines A321 damaged 15 runway edge lights, when its crew lined up wrongly for take-off. There was no damage to the aircraft.

The incident happened on Saturday, the 28th of August. Flight AA-2480 would fly from Las Vegas McCarran (KLAS) in Nevada, to Charlotte Douglas International (KCLT), in North Carolina, USA. The tower cleared the crew to line up on runway 08L, for departure. However, instead of the centreline, the A321 crew lined up with the lights on the right edge of the runway. Local time during the take-off roll was 23:30. Weather doesn’t appear to have been a factor. The American Airlines aircraft accelerated for take-off at this position. As it did, the A321 hit a total of 15 runway edge lights, before becoming airborne. The flight continued normally to its destination, arriving in Charlotte 3 hours and 45 minutes later.

THE A321 AND THE RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS – DISTANCE?
It is worth pointing out that runway 08L in McCarran has a displaced threshold. This crew got to the runway using taxiway B, reaching holding point F. This point is as far back from the threshold as possible. What this means is that when they lined up for take-off, the A321 crew were a bit over 610 metres (2,000 feet) away from the first runway edge lights they hit.  Despite its run-in with the runway edge lights in Las Vegas, American did not withdraw this A321 for maintenance. The aircraft departed for the following flight (Charlotte to San Diego) with only a minimal delay. It remained on the ground in Charlotte for less than three hours.



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Re: A321 LINED UP WITH RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS - Las Vegas
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2021, 02:10:28 AM »
Why the insistence on a line that doesn't matter so much can cause an accident for the Flight AA-2480. Perhaps more serious accidents could have occurred that endangered the lives of all occupants of the aircraft.

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Re: A321 LINED UP WITH RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS - Las Vegas
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2021, 06:42:03 PM »
Why the insistence on a line that doesn't matter so much can cause an accident for the Flight AA-2480. Perhaps more serious accidents could have occurred that endangered the lives of all occupants of the aircraft.

Because when you think about it, as they lined up on the Runway Edge Lights, if they deviated to the outside of those lights (read: not back onto the runway), they would have rolled off the runway, potentially causing a gear collapse, which could have endangered the lives of all occupants of the aircraft.

BL.