Last month I mentioned the widespread attention being paid to runway safety (runway incursions, excursions etc.) but over the last few months, and the last few weeks in particular, we've had quite a few high-profile taxiway accidents. So much so that maybe the next global safety initiative will be taxiway safety (excursions, clearances, traffic etc.). Recent Boo-boos
- Some great footage was recorded on 11 April 2011 when an Air France A380 clipped a Delta CRJ-700 on ground at JFK Airport, New York.
So be on the lookout for the new global initiative, probably sponsored by Delta!
Actually, why not use these incidents as an excuse to carry out an internal audit of your taxiway system. Do your taxiways meet the prescribed standards? Are any location specific hazards left untreated? Is safety on your taxiway system assured? Why not do it know before it happens at your airport? It appears to be a question of when - not if.
Image credit: Marina Hinic