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Jul 26, 2002
Cargo jet takes off on taxiway; FAA investigates

Error is second in four years; safety a concern
Anchorage Daily News
Published: November 15, 2005
Last Modified: November 15, 2005 at 05:34 PM

An Asia-bound cargo jet was reported taking off from a taxiway instead of its assigned runway at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport earlier this month, prompting an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The incident, if confirmed, would mark the second time in four years that a large commercial aircraft launched from a taxiway instead of turning northwest up the runway that ends near Point Woronzof, as directed by air traffic controllers.
On Nov. 5, a MD-11 freight jet operated by Taiwan-based EVA Air was cleared to fly from runway 32, which extends more than two miles from the airport terminal area toward Knik Arm, said Scott Erickson, a safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board in Anchorage.
The jet had originally been moving toward a different runway, but the air traffic control tower notified the EVA Air crew that runway 32 was available and gave permission to take off there, Erickson said.
The NTSB was notified that the jet turned in the correct direction, but went up the taxiway that runs parallel to the runway on its west side, Erickson said.
Runways are the broad concrete expanses where aircraft take off and land. Taxiways are the narrower access roads used by jets and planes to reach the runways for takeoff, or move to the terminal after landing.
No other aircraft was on the taxiway at the time, and the EVA Air jet apparently flew to Taipei as planned, Erickson said.
This particular taxiway, designated "Y," is almost as long as the runway, according to an airport diagram.
"Any time you have an aircraft that doesn't follow the directions of the (air traffic) controller, it kind of puts a safety deficit in the system," Erickson said. "The FAA is looking into it."
FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer confirmed an investigation was under way but would not comment further.
Messages left with EVA Air in Anchorage and other offices were not returned Monday.
In January 2002, a China Airlines jet carrying about 250 passengers and crew was directed to take off from runway 32, toward Point Woronzof. Instead, the jet accelerated west on another taxiway, this one only about half as long as the runway.
It barely cleared the ground: its landing gear scratched twin grooves in the snow berm as the jet became airborne. Taiwanese air safety authorities later suspended the pilot for eight months and the first officer for seven months.
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has experienced similar mishaps, the Seattle Times reported Sunday. At least eight times since 1999, aircraft have mistaken a certain taxiway for a runway. Three aircraft actually landed, the Times said, while five changed their flight paths at the last minute.

Daily News reporter Doug O'Harra can be reached at do'[email protected].
A nice arguement against cabotage: Air China, Korean Air, & now EVA. All one has to do is look at pics of the old Kia Tek to see the buffoonery.
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the difference betwixt a runway and a taxiway are HUGE, especially if youre flying at night. what gives, here? how does that happen?
Kal Dc10

How many pilots here remember the KAL DC10 freighter that took off from about mid-filed on 25R, thinking he was on R32. There was a Navajo holding in position on 7L that the DC10 main gear and center training wheel clippied off both wings of the Navajo. The DC10 continued out over the end of the runway and settled down through the approach light and then burned for at least two days. Believe it of not, no one was killed in either airplane.
eva air

it's a good possibility that "eva " md-11 was world. they contract with them.

no flame just stating possibilities
CutEmUp said:
Since when do runways have yellow lines down the middle with blue lights on the edges?

Is there a possibility that it was snowing?
It's all about human factors... "set"

The twy edge lights are on but there's no familiar green centerline lighting. It's at night. Vis is poor. You're tired and in a hurry. ATC gives you a last minute change. You've been cleared for takeoff. The nose is on rwy heading.

No excuses. Just reasons.
Your ignorant statement

Purpledog said:
A nice arguement against cabotage: Air China, Korean Air, & now EVA. All one has to do is look at pics of the old Kia Tek to see the buffoonery.

I'm againt cabotage 100% but you are 100% wrong!!! The incident in ANC is NOT a nice argument again cabotage; it's not even a weak argument (not "arguement"). You should know all the facts before you open your mouth and make an a$$ out of yourself. Until you've flown extensively into both Anchorage and Kai Tak (not Kia Tek)for a 121 carrier you should refrain from jumping to conclusion. Your ignorant statement assumes all part 129 foreign carriers are flown by foreign nationals. I know for a fact the EVA MD-11 was not under the command of a "foreign pilot." Did it ever occur to you the pilot probably reminds you of yourself when you look in the mirror? There are numerous good pilots working for overseas carriers, even more after 9/11.
Do you have experience flying out of ANC when you're jetlagged and fatigued, under poor visibility with multiple runway changes; having to re-calculate T/O performance numbers and flying with an FO who maybe inexperienced? The cards are stacked against you. Have you flown 12 plus hours in the air then have to land in Kai Tak with little or no rest?
Let's deal in facts and back our fellow pilots until we have ALL the facts. The aviation world is filled with guys with "EXPERT" stamped on their forehead; don't be one of those guys.

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