groupWilliam Pyper

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On 31 October 2000, Singapore Airlines flight SQ006 taxied for take-off at Chiang-Kai Shek airport, Taiwan. The pilots lined up on the runway as usual, and on receiving clearance, commenced their take-off. However, they never made it, instead ploughing into excavators and construction equipment on the runway, with the resulting loss of 83 lives. The runway had been temporarily closed for earthworks. Weather conditions were poor: in the thick fog the control tower could not monitor their ground movements visually. A notice to airlines, advising of the runway closure had been issued two months previously (Aviation Safety Council [ASC] Taiwan 2002). An inquiry found that although the pilots had been advised and had the relevant charts, they failed to adequately review and process new information, in a pressurised work situation caused by deteriorating weather conditions (Nisha 2016; ASC 2002).

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