Finland’s Accident Investigation Board is investigating a near-miss situation that occurred at Helsinki Airport in late December. A Blue1 flight being operated by the Swedish carrier Golden Air was about to land when another plane rolled onto the same runway.
The Golden Air crew noticed the plane in time and made a quick ascent, averting another otherwise likely collision. The other aircraft was a Nordflyg flight operated by RAF-AVIA. Nordflyg is a Swedish company, while RAF-AVIA is Latvian.
The Investigation Board’s Chief Air Safety Investigator, Ismo Aaltonen, says such incidents are extremely rare in Finland.
The probe will take at least eight months. It will be slowed by the fact that so many foreign companies were involved.