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Singapore Government Press Release dated 26 Apr 2002

  The Taiwan Aviation Safety Council (ASC) has today released the Final Report of the investigation into the SQ006 accident at Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) Airport on 31 October 2000.

  The Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT) has received a copy of the Final Report this afternoon. The MOT's investigation team finds the ASC final report incomplete, as it does not present a full account of the accident.  The report attributes pilot error to be the main cause of the accident. 

  It downplays significant systemic factors which contributed to the accident, such as deficiencies in CKS Airport and its non-conformance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. It also does not adequately address the lessons learnt.

  The MOT team recognises that the flight crew of SQ006 took off from the wrong runway 05R on the night of the accident. However, even after the accident, the flight crew firmly believed that they were on the correct runway 05L.

  MOT investigators are of the view that CKS Airport was lacking in crucial details that could have led the pilots onto the correct runway, or prevented them from entering the wrong runway, or alerted them of their error. These deficiencies were major contributory factors to the accident.

  First, the runway and taxiway lighting, signage and markings at CKS Airport did not conform to international standards, and some critical taxiway guidance lights and markings leading to the correct takeoff runway were either missing or unserviceable.

  Such deficiencies provided compelling cues that led the flight crew to turn into the wrong runway, and yet firmly believe that they were turning into the correct runway. There were no visible alternative pathways presented to the pilots.

  Second, contrary to international practice, CKS Airport did not have physical barriers at the start of the closed Runway 05R. Such barriers would have alerted the flight crew to their error and prevented the takeoff.


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