Condor A320 forced to dodge helicopter AND mountain on departure

Investigators have concluded that failures by the crew of a Condor Airbus A320 and air traffic control caused the jet to experience a serious air proximity encounter and terrain alert.

The twinjet received a traffic collision avoidance system resolution advisory (TCAS RA) followed shortly thereafter by a ground proximity warning system (GPWS) alert on a visual departure from Kavala Airport in Greece on August 16, 2018.

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Photo: Aviation Image Network/Bailey

The report stated that during the initial climb, the crew performed a manoeuvre to avoid a collision with a helicopter transiting the airport’s controlled airspace, followed by an action to avoid a mountain pass.

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