Upon arrival into Narita Airport this afternoon Air Canada’s flight 005 from Montreal received instructions to vacate runway 16L on to taxiway B-7. The crew read back that instruction and proceeded to miss the turn. Instead, the 787 found itself in a construction zone, on a taxiway that was not yet ready to take aircraft.
The ensuing delay took 5 hours to resolve. Airport officials had to come up with a way to get the plane off the construction site and back on to an active taxiway area. Ultimately it seems that steel plates were used to reinforce the ground area to handle the aircraft load. Here’s a chunk of the ATC communications from the incident, transcribed from LiveATC.net. Or just watch along with the video.
Air Canada #AC5 Montreal to Tokyo Narita stuck after entering a taxiway construction area after landing runway 16L. Local crews working on getting the Boeing 787-9 back on the runway.
— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) July 30, 2018
You can hear how frustrated the pilots get a couple hours in to the event. I didn’t dig up all the audio for the entire 5 hours as I think the point comes across nicely in the short, short version here. Italics are controllers talking, regular face is Air Canada crew.
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