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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Aerolineas Argentinas Press Release: "Aerolíneas Argentinas clarifies on alleged incident at Barcelona El Prat Airport"
Text of Aerolineas Argentinas' press release regarding the incident with the UTair 767-300 on Saturday, 05Jul14 at Barcelona's El Prat Airport (BCN):
"Aerolíneas Argentinas clarifies that in the alleged incident at El Prat airport in Barcelona on Saturday 5 July, involving an aircraft of the Russian airline UTair and an Aerolíneas Argentinas aircraft, there was no risk at any time. This has been corroborated by the manager of the Spanish airports operator AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) who initially reported that "both planes were where they should be." Moreover, a spokesman of AENA also said that "the landing of the UTair aircraft could have been done without risk, since both aircraft were in the proper place, with enough distance between them." This is consistent with the report made by the captain of the Aerolineas Argentinas aircraft, who said the AR plane followed the instructions of El Prat control tower. This morning AENA issued a statement that ensures that the "go-around" performed by the Russian aircraft "is a standard procedure, with all the guarantees of safety". Thus Aerolineas Argentinas clarifies that the situation recorded by a plane spotter and widely publicized by the media, related to flight AR 1163 on Saturday 5 July, did not involve any risk."
Jefe de Relaciones Institucionales y Prensa Aerolíneas Argentinas S.A Bouchard 547, 4 Piso (1106) Buenos Aires, Argentina 00 54 11 41303085 Source:
BLOG EDITOR'S COMMENT: If it is true that "there was no risk at any time" and that "the landing of the UTair aircraft could have been done without risk, since both aircraft were in the proper place, with enough distance between them." then why did the UTair pilot execute a "go-around" ? An excess of caution ? Also, it seems odd that an airline would comment on an incident prior to the conclusion of an investigation, assuming that an investigation is taking place. It could be that the Aerolineas Argentinas press release is correct but it seems premature to be making such sweeping declarations. It is the opinion of the editor of this blog that more answers are needed first.