Pilots “Forgot” Prague Runway Had Been Shortened

An easyJet A319 was involved in a near-incident in Prague when its pilots forgot that temporary works had reduced the size of the runway. The aircraft approached the works closer than intended, but managed to take off at planned speeds, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. The pilot only noticed the reduced runway length when take-off was already in progress; a terminal information broadcast had played reminding the pilots of the works taking place but was in “heavily-accented English”. The pilots had also forgotten the content of a notice to airmen. The pilots also said they were at the end of a lengthy duty period and thus had reduced awareness, and noted the lack of warnings from either air traffic control or in ground signage.

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