Runway maintenance – equipment control

A recent incident at a UK aerodrome led to maintenance equipment being left on the runway. This incident is currently subject to AAIB investigation.

It has become apparent that a lack of tool control, and security of equipment carried on aerodrome vehicles were contributory factors.

Aerodrome operators should ensure that:

  1. procedures for both routine maintenance and work in progress includes robust equipment control.
  2. Suitable vehicles are used for transporting equipment
  3. Equipment is carried in/on vehicles securely

SW2020/230