DCSIMG

Gatwick investigation after plane landed without clearance

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport

An investigation is under way after a passenger plane landed at Gatwick Airport without clearance.

The plane landed despite an air traffic controller instructing the pilot to perform a ‘go around’ due to the runway being in use by another aircraft.

A go-around is a standard safety procedure in which an aircraft approaching an airport breaks off its approach and flies a circuit before landing.

The incident happened at 6.50pm on Monday (January 6).

A spokesman for National Air Traffic Services (NATS) said the crew of the Boeing 737 acknowledged the instruction to “go-around”, but the aircraft continued to land.

It is understood the other aircraft was exiting the runway as the plane came in to land.

The spokesman added: “At the time the aircraft landed the runway was not occupied and safety was not jeopardised at any time.”

The matter is now the subject of an internal NATS investigation.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page