Air Arabia A320 hit approach light during wrong runway take-off

An Air Arabia Airbus A320 struck an approach light while taking off from the wrong runway at Sharjah International Airport, a report by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has found.

The incident – which occurred on September 18, 2018 – involved A6-ANV (c/n 5984), which was carrying 46 passengers between the third-largest UAE city and Salalah International Airport in Oman.

Air Arabia A320
An almost identical Air Arabia A320 to the one involved in the incident seen here landing at Sharjah International in November 2018. Aviation Image Network/BaoLuo

After receiving clearance for take-off from air traffic control (ATC), the narrowbody departed runway 12 instead of runway 30.

The first officer, who was under training, was the pilot flying (PF) while the commander was a training captain.

As part of the first officer’s training, the captain had briefed that a rolling take-off would be conducted. ATC provided clearance for an intersection departure from taxiway Bravo 14 for runway 30, which is positioned at approximately the last quarter of reciprocal runway 12.

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