TAP Air Portugal plane kills motorcyclist while landing

TAP Air Portugal plane kills motorcyclist while landing
TAP Air Portugal plane kills motorcyclist while landing

A tragedy occurred on the night of Friday September 2, 2022, at Ahmed Sékou Touré International Airport, in Guinea Conakry. A motorcyclist was killed during the landing of said plane. According to several media, a motorcycle “tried to cross” an airport runway as the plane was landing.

The biker was killed, after hitting the TAP Air Portugal plane on the runway during landing

The airline announced, this Saturday, September 3, 2022, that the biker was killed, after hitting the TAP Air Portugal plane on the runway when the plane landed at Guinea Conakry airport.

The crash of flight TP1492, which took off from Lisbon on Friday, occurred when “a motorcycle tried to cross the runway” upon landing, the Portuguese airline said in a statement.

“All safety procedures were followed, but it was not possible to avoid the accident,” TAP said, adding that there were no injuries among passengers and crew.

If investigations were underway to determine the exact circumstances of this accident, Linfodrome learned from the colleague africaguinee.com that new elements on this drama are available.

According to the colleague, “the Airport Management and Exploitation Company (SOGEAC) has just provided details”.

“On the night of September 2, 2022 around 11:40 p.m., TAP Portugal flight TP 1492 from Lisbon struck two (2) individuals riding a motorcycle near the airstrip.

The driver of the motorcycle identified

The driver of the motorcycle identified. It is “a security guard, employee of a company in charge of securing the fence of the airport”, explained SOGEAC in a press release published this Saturday, September 03, 2022.

The airport authorities announce that an investigation led by the Guinean Civil Aviation Authority (AGAC) with the support of the SOGEAC Safety and Security Department is ongoing in order to elucidate the causes and responsibilities. of the parties involved.

SOGEAC reassures users that air traffic is open and the resumption of flights is effective this morning.

This accident comes less than a week after another air incident involving a Turkish Air Lines flight. Five passengers were injured in this incident caused by strong turbulence.

TAP’s return flight, which was to land this Saturday in the Portuguese capital at 6:10 a.m. French time, has been canceled, according to information from the Portuguese airport manager (Ana).

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The article is in French

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