The report states that the Germanwings Airbus, with 125 passengers and five crew aboard, was about to touch down when the pilot spotted another aircraft on the runway.
A Turkish Airlines jet, with 99 passengers and six crew on board, had failed to comply with air traffic control instructions. The investigation team concluded that the plane had entered an active runway without permission.
The two aircraft came within just 144 feet of each other. The German pilot initiated a "go around" procedure and climbed to just 3,000 feet from the ground and subsequently landed safely.
Investigators reported that on its final approach to Dublin Airport, the German plane’s pilot told air traffic control: “We’re going around, there’s a plane entering the runway.”
The Turkish flight had been cleared to taxi in preparation for take-off, and to hold short of the active runway.
The Turkish pilot told investigators he was distracted by "heads-in" tasks in the cockpit. He also said he "did not see or correctly interpret signage for the holding position" according to the report.
The Irish Aviation Authority has since advised Turkish Airlines to amend its procedures and instruct pilots to maintain an external lookout at all times during taxiing.
They have also advised that crew conduct a "verbal cross-check when about to enter a runway."
(Source: The Evening Herald)
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Relatives of those killed in the IRA's Remembrance Day bombing in Enniskillen were among hundreds who gathered in solemn reflection at the town's cenotaph.
The annual commemoration service in Co Fermanagh has assumed added symbolic significance and been touched with a deeper poignancy since the 1987 atrocity in which 11 people were killed.
The town has become synonymous with Remembrance Day in the wake of the infamous terrorist bombing, when the IRA blew up a building beside the cenotaph in the minutes before the event was due to start.
The republican group claimed its target had been parading military personnel but all their victims were civilians who had come to pay their respects to the fallen.
Army cadets and veterans' associations were among those who took part in the traditional parade through Belmore Street ahead of the service last week.
In bright autumn sunshine, the Union Flag was lowered ahead of the Binyon words being spoken.
The two-minute silence was observed impeccably as standards were lowered.
(Source: Press Association)
The organizers of the Christmas market insist it is to open as planned, despite the presence of the Occupy Galway protestors living on Eyre Square who have ruled out abandoning their camp.
Several meetings have taken place between Marie Moynihan-Lee, producer of the market on behalf of the Galway City Business Association, and the protestors over the last week in a bid to reach a resolution on staging the event.
A number of councillors had publicly called on the group to remove themselves from Eyre Square, or threaten the very survival of the second annual Christmas market, which last year attracted 600,000 visitors and generated €10m in income to the city.
A spokesperson for Occupy Galway said after “a temperature check” within the group it was decided they would not move. The group of around 20 tents have been camped out on the plaza end of Eyre Square for a month in solidarity with similar protests around the world.
“The market can work around us. We can make some compromises – like if they want to get a truck in we’ll narrow the camp – but I think moving off the spot altogether is off the table.”
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)
The GAA and soccer communities in Co Kerry have been stunned by the sudden death of a second young footballer in the space of a fortnight.
Connor Spellman died at home at Ballycasheen, Killarney on Saturday after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage.
The 29-year-old starred locally for Killarney Legion GAA and Killarney Celtic FC.
He died just a week after the funeral of fellow local sportsman Brendan O'Driscoll of Annascaul and Camp United.
Mr Spellman is from a very well-known Kerry family who have operated a successful sawmill business in Killarney for many years.
He and his wife, Michelle McCarthy, were married in Spain 14 months ago and they have an eight-year-old daughter, Holly.
Kerry GAA commentator Weeshie Fogarty, who trained Mr Spellman at Killarney Legion GAA club, described him as a brilliant young GAA and soccer star.
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