The first seven months of 2019 showed a significant increase of incidents with disabled aircraft. So far we have seen 95 incidents accross the world which means an average of three incidents per week. In India we even saw four incidents within three days in early July!
Unfortunatly we also saw an increase in the average closure time of runways and airports, from 14 hours last year to almost 16 hours halfway 2019. Many airports and airlines are poorly prepared for incidents with disabled aircraft. Striking, because regulations are clear about the preparation that is needed. According to ICAO Airport Services Manual Part 5 “responsibilities for the removal of a disabled aircraft lie not only with the aircraft operator, but also with the State and the aerodrome operator”. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a comprehensive “Disabled Aircraft Removal Plan”?
- Do you have a designated aircraft recovery team?
- Do you have aircraft recovery equipment?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is negative you are not prepared for an incident with an disabled aircraft!
Download the statistics here: Aircraft Recovery Statistics July 2019
Please contact us if you need more information or in-depth analysis of the incident statistics.
* RESQTEC gathers its statistics through online and offline sources (e.g. Aviation Herald, NTSB, etc.). We estimate that we capture approximately 60-70% of the actual number of incidents.