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Monday, June 8, 2009

Runway Incursion Incident at CLT

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a runway incursion that occurred May 29, 2009 at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) involving a general aviation aircraft and a regional jet.

At about 10:17 a.m., a PSA Airlines CRJ-200 regional jet operated as US Airways Express Flight 2390, was cleared for takeoff on runway 18L. As the RJ was into its takeoff roll, a single-engine Pilatus PC-12 turboprop was cleared to taxi into position and hold farther down the same runway in preparation for a departure roll that was to begin at the taxiway A intersection.

After the airport’s ASDE-X runway collision warning system alerted controllers to the runway incursion, the takeoff clearance for the regional jet was cancelled.  The pilot of the PC-12, seeing the regional jet coming down the runway on a collision course, taxied the Pilatus to the side of the runway. The FAA reported that the regional jet came within 10 feet of the PC-12.

There were no reported injuries to any of the 42 passengers or crew of three aboard the jet, or to any of those on the PC-12.

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