01/14/2011

The Beechcraft that blocked the runway

According to the Tribune de Geneve, on 13 January a private Beechcraft, after landing, got stuck in the grass and blocked the runway. However, there are some unexplained curiosities!

 


The report of the Tribune de Genève on Friday 14 January stated that on the previous day, at 9h52 am, a private Beechcraft, after landing, ran off the runway because of a blockage of a brake. Aha, I thought: let us see what aircraft it was, by looking at the landings around then. Curiously, however, I found no such landing. Thus, I had to make some enquiries to find that this was the aircraft registered in the USA as N6014V, apparently still belonging to its constructors. However, recent information suggests that it now belongs to a company called Moss Aviation, and is expected to be re-registered in the UK as G-MOSJ (the director of this company appears to be called Jonathan Moss, which explains the choice of registration identifier!).

Armed with this identification information I did find a single transponder emission recorded, but not in the air. Curious, I thought, so I looked up any other records of this aircraft this year. I discovered that it was seen to arrive here last Monday, 10 January, at 8h28 am, and had not been seen since then?

All very strange, so I actually wonder whether the article in the Tribune de Genève was correct, meaning that between the two times it had both taken off and landed completely unnoticed, or whether in reality it was moving across the airport, perhaps ready for a takeoff. No doubt we shall never know the answer to this, as movements of any private aircraft are a jealously-guarded secret.

Beechcraft_follow-up.jpgWhat was also interesting was to see what happened to incoming aircraft in the 10 minutes (quoted by the report, but perhaps a slight under-estimate!) during which the runway was blocked. I expected to see some quite interesting trajectories, as controllers worked to put them into various holding patterns. I indeed did see some, for 4 different incoming flights (LY345 from Tel Aviv, SN2713 from Brussels, EZY3371 from Stansted and UAL974 from Washington): this picture shows a combination of these trajectories, and I congratulate the air traffic controllers on their good work.

I also found something slightly more curious. Two incoming flights of easyJet Switzerland (EZS1354 from Amsterdam and EZS1344 from Rome) were sent to Lyon instead. From the time of their actual landings back at Geneva, it would seem that they went there, landed, refuelled and then came back to Geneva, landing just after midday.

After the history of an easyJet flight from Birmingham which took on board too much fuel and had to dump passengers, this looks a bit like the other extreme. Did these two incoming flights not have enough fuel to wait around these 10 or so minutes, or at least turn back from their Lyon route as soon as the runway was open again (around 10h12)?

I doubt that we will have an answer to this question either, easyJet being notorious for their reluctance to give out information.

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