08/03/2010

Good work by air traffic controllers.

When the TAP flight 939 to Porto on Monday 2 August had to return to Geneva the air traffic controllers had to work fast.


When the TAP flight 939 to Porto on Monday 2 August had to return to Geneva the air traffic controllers had to work fast.

The Airbus A319 aircraft left on time just after 14h. However, after only 20 minutes the pilot turned around to come back to Geneva. For whatever reason, this must have been an emergency situation requiring the aircraft to land as soon as possible. The pilot therefore received permission to come back directly over Vernier and land on runway 05.

Unfortunately, all of the flights that afternoon were using the runway in the opposite direction (runway 23). This meant that, as well as delaying all takeoffs, the air traffic controllers had to work fast to prevent incoming flights from landing. Since some of these flights were near to landing, they had to be put in a holding trajectory. These trajectories thus gave some passengers, in particular those on flights EZS1398 from Paris and IBE3490 from Madrid,a scenic tour of Geneva and the lake.

The TAP aircraft duly landed without a problem at 14h55 and normal service resumed at around 15h. The TAP aircraft, however, stayed the night at Geneva, departing as a special flight on the Tuesday morning.

So, with congratulations to the air traffic controllers, we can quote Shakespeare

All's well that ends well.

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