A JAL flight was forced to make an emergency takeoff seconds after landing after a car got in front of it on the runway at Tokushima airport on Sunday.
Flight 455 from Haneda airport approached the runway at around 11 a.m. after having been cleared for landing by the control tower, Fuji TV reported. However, as the Boeing 767's back wheels touched down, the pilot noticed a white car driving on the runway about 800 meters ahead. The pilot immediately took the plane up in order to avoid a collision. About 25 minutes later, the plane was able to land safely. None of the 67 passengers and crew suffered any injuries, airport officials said.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the car was a maintenance vehicle which had gone out to fix a malfunctioning runway light. However, the control tower operator had forgotten about it when he gave the pilot the all-clear to land.
There are normally four people on duty in the control tower on weekdays, but only one on weekends. The airport is used jointly by civilian aircraft and the Air Self-Defense Forces which operates the control tower.
The transport ministry on Monday dispatched two accident investigators to look into the incident further.© Japan Today