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04 Apr 2016 - PK-LBS 737-800 Collision on take-off

A 737-800, PK-LBS, 398275157, operated by Batik Air has collided with an ATR42 that was under tow crossing Runway 24 at Jakarta on 4 April 2016 at 12:55z.

The port wingtip of the 737 impacted the vertical stabiliser and port wing of the ATR causing a fire from the rupured fuel tank. The 737 rejected the take-off from approx 110kts and evacuated the passengers safely. There were no injuries in either aircraft.

The ATR42 was being towed from the main apron across the active runway 24 via taxyway C to the south apron. The weather was dusk with 5000HZ.

WIHH 041200Z 04006KT 5000 HZ FEW017CB SCT018 30/25 Q1010 RMK CB TO SW

The preliminary report was issued on 11/5/16. There appear to be 3 main factors:

  1. The ATR under tow was not electrically powered so was not displaying any lights.
  2. The tug of the ATR was using a different radio frequency to the 737.
  3. The tug driver appears to have taken confirmation of the taxi route across the runway as permission to cross the runway.

The final report was issued on 10 Apr 2017 and gave three contributing factors as follows:

  1. Handling of two movements in the same area with different controllers on separate frequencies without proper coordination resulted in the lack of awareness to the controllers, pilots and towing car driver.
  2. The communication misunderstanding of the instruction to follow ID 7703 most likely contributed the towed aircraft enter the runway.
  3. The lighting environments in the tower cab and turning pad area of runway 24 might have diminished the capability to the controllers and pilots to recognize the towed aircraft that was installed with insufficient lightings.
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Chart showing approximate point of collision

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