Singapore Airlines plane aborts take-off after Korean Air plane crosses runway

  • Singapore Airlines plane was setting off from Seoul Incheon Airport
  • But as it reached 120mph, a Korean Air Airbus crossed runway ahead
  • Pilot forced to reject take-off leaving tyres shredded and a 19hr delay 

A plane travelling at 120mph was forced to abort take-off at the last second when another aircraft crossed the runway in front of it.

The terrifying incident happened at Seoul Incheon Airport in South Korea. 

A Singapore Airlines flight, bound for San Francisco with 186 passengers and 18 crew on board, performed an emergency stop that resulted in the tyres being shredded.

A Singapore Airlines plane was forced to reject take-off while travelling at 120mph when a Korean Air Airbus crossed the runway in front of it

A Singapore Airlines plane was forced to reject take-off while travelling at 120mph when a Korean Air Airbus crossed the runway in front of it

This graphic shows how close the two planes came to meeting each other on the runway

This graphic shows how close the two planes came to meeting each other on the runway

As the plane reached take-off speeds on runway 15R, a Korean Air Airbus with 188 people on board, setting out to St Petersburg in Russia, joined a taxiway that crossed in front of it.

This prompted Air Traffic Control (ATC) to radio the pilot on the Singapore Airlines plane, a Boeing 777-300, to reject take-off.

The Korea IT Times reports that the two planes were just a mile apart when they came to a complete stop on Thursday. 

It also reports that the Korea Air Airbus had entered the runway without permission from ATC. 

There were no reported injuries from passengers on either flight. However those flying with Singapore Airlines, once disembarked, endured a 19-hour delay en-route to the US. 

The Korean Ministry of Transportation has launched an investigation to determine the exact circumstances behind the incident, according to aviation news-site AirLive.net. 

Passengers who were deplaned from the Singapore Airlines flight had to endure a 19hr delay to their flight out of Seoul Incheon Airport

Passengers who were deplaned from the Singapore Airlines flight had to endure a 19hr delay to their flight out of Seoul Incheon Airport

A spokesperson for Singapore Airlies told MailOnline Travel: 'Flight SQ16, which was bound for San Francisco from Seoul, aborted its takeoff from Seoul's Incheon Airport on May 5, following instructions that were received from air traffic control. 

'The aborted takeoff resulted in the deflation of a number of tyres on the Boeing 777-300ER, requiring passengers to disembark from the aircraft on the taxiway. There were 186 passengers and 18 crew on board.

'Affected passengers were provided with hotel accommodation. Following replacement of the tyres, the aircraft departed for San Francisco at 1.05pm (Seoul Time), May 6, resulting in a delay of about 19hrs behind the original scheduled time of departure.'

The Aviation Herald also reports that 'a number of main tyres deflated about 270m (885ft) from the runway threshold and disabled the (SIA) aircraft.' 

A plane is expected to safely abort take-off while travelling up to speeds of 80 knots, around 90mph, at the pilots' discretion.

Between 80 knots to what is known in the industry as V1, take-off is only rejected in serious circumstances.

The Singapore Airlines plane had reached a speed of 105 knots, or 120mph. 

The US Federal Aviation Administration defines V1 as: 'The maximum speed in the takeoff at which the pilot must take the first action. for example apply brakes, reduce thrust, deploy speed brakes, to stop the airplane within the accelerate-stop distance.'

MailOnline Travel has contacted Korean Air for comment. 

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