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Knowing that a runway is closed, would you not question a clearance to take off from it?

18 Apr 2017

On 7 January 2016, an aircraft was inadvertently cleared by ATC to take off on a closed runway. The take-off was commenced with a vehicle visible ahead at the runway edge. Investigation attributed the controller error to "lost situational awareness" and noted that the pilots had, on the basis of the take-off clearance, crossed a lit red stop bar to enter the runway without explicit permission.

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