How a stepladder fell onto runway touch down zone at Birmingham

Reports and details of recent incidents - Airliner World May 2021

The crew of Boeing 737-800, G-GDFR (c/n 30421), were first to advise Birmingham air traffic control that they had seen something on the runway

Three aircraft arriving at the UK’s Birmingham Airport narrowly avoided a stepladder that had fallen off a vehicle onto the runway at the West Midlands gateway, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) reports. The incident, on the night of September 8, 2020 involved Ryanair and Boeing 737-800s and a TUI Airways 757-200.

The first of these aircraft, a Ryanair 737-800, EI-DPC (c/n 33604), was returning to the UK following a scheduled rotation to Malta as FR3902. Neither flight deck crew member reported seeing any object and vacated the runway as normal.

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