Incident Airbus A330-243 A6-EYE, Monday 30 January 2012
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Date:Monday 30 January 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A330-243
Owner/operator:Etihad Airways
Registration: A6-EYE
MSN: 688
Year of manufacture:2005
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Trent 772-B60
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 227
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) -   United Arab Emirates
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA)
Destination airport:Dublin Airport (DUB)
Investigating agency: GCAA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Etihad flight EY45 was a scheduled service from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to Dublin Airport (DUB), Ireland. The flight was planned to depart at night at 02:15 hours local time.
While onboard the aircraft, and after the flight preparation was completed, the flight crew noticed a deterioration in the weather as the fog had increased with runway visual range (RVR) at 200m.
Low visibility operations were in effect at the airport, which meant a delay in departure. At 03:18 pushback clearance was given by the controller.
At 03:31 the flight was cleared to taxi to Echo 15 CAT III holding point stop bar for a departure from runway 31L. As the Airbus A330-200 was taxiing towards the runway, the controller reported that the first one third RVR of runway 31L, was 175 m, the second third was 200 m and the last third of the runway was 175 m.
After the flight was cleared to line up, the captain stated "I can’t see." and instructed the copilot: "Can you ask him to switch on the runway lights?" This was followed by a radio call from the tower controller, clearing the flight for takeoff. The copilot read back the clearance but did not request that the runway lights be turned on. The captain did not repeat his request to turn on the runway lights.
The copilot then commented, as if asking a question: "The centerline lights supposed to have more space than that [silence of two seconds] no?". The captain then stated: "I see only two lights."
Takeoff was commenced at 03:46, after the 'before takeoff checklist' was completed.
During takeoff there were 11 loud sounds and thumps, spaced approximately every two to three seconds coming from the nose of the aircraft. After the aircraft had reached 86 knots ground speed, the captain initiated a rejected takeoff and the aircraft came to a stop in 11 seconds. The aircraft had travelled approximately 775 m and stopped adjacent to the E14 taxiway intersection and the crew reported to the tower controller that the aircraft was stopped on the runway.
There was discussion in the cockpit and the captain realized that the aircraft was not on the runay 31L centerline. This was confirmed when the crew observed that the illuminated runway centerline lights were to the right of the aircraft.
Because of the incident, the left hand nose landing gear tire was punctured. Seven main gear tires were found with glass pieces embedded. Starting with the second light, 11 consecutive left hand edge lights on runway 31L were damaged as a result of the aircraft nose gear tires colliding with the lights as the aircraft accelerated for the attempted takeoff.

The Air Accident Investigation Sector determines that the cause of aligning the Aircraft with the left hand edge of runway 31L instead of the runway centerline was the loss of situation awareness by the crew. The root cause of the loss of situation awareness was not determined.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: GCAA
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

31-Jan-2012 04:12 harro Added
16-Feb-2012 12:10 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total occupants, Source]
19-Mar-2012 14:10 harro Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
12-Jul-2016 17:56 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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