Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 14:37 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
On July 11, 2007, at 1437 Eastern daylight time a runway incursion occurred at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, (FLL), Fort Lauderdale, Florida between United (UAL) flight 1544, an A-320 and Delta Airlines (DAL) flight 1489, a Boeing 757. The incident occurred in day visual flight rules conditions, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 4,800 feet. The FLL ground controller (GC) instructed UAL1544 to taxi to runway 9L via taxiways T7, D, and B. As the flight was taxiing on taxiway D near runway 9L, the tower local controller (LC) noticed the airplane was going too fast to hold short of the runway. LC told the GC to tell UAL to stop. The GC said "UAL 1544 stop, stop, stop". The crew stopped on runway 9L, 30 feet from the centerline. DAL1489 was inbound for landing on runway 9L when LC determined that UAL1544 was not going to hold short of the runway. LC instructed DAL1489 to go around. When the crew received the instruction, the main landing gear was on the ground. According to the crew statement, they noted the urgency in the controller's voice so they knew they had to get the aircraft airborne. FAA reported DAL1489 flew over UAL1544 by less than 100 feet. According to the FAA, the UAL crew stated they missed the turn onto taxiway B. FLL air traffic control tower is not equipped with either AMASS or ASDE-X. All airport lighting was functioning normally.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The probable cause of this incident was the United 1544 flight crew's inadvertent entry onto the active runway.
Event Information
Type of EventIncident 
Event Date7/11/2007 
Event Day of the WeekWednesday 
Time of Event1437 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityFort Lauderdale 
Event StateFLORIDA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site33315 
Event Date Year2007 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude260421N 
Event Location Longitude0800909W 
Event Location AirportFort Lauderdale International 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDFLL 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility IDKFLL 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observation-- 
Lighting Conditions-- 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height4500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)31 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)22 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)150 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.1 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None307 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)22760 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateJul 11 2007 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordNov 30 2007 3:42PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\lema  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeHQ 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1 Aircraft #2
Aircraft Registration Number --  -- 
NTSB Number OPS07IA006A  OPS07IA006B 
Missing Aircraft Indicator --  -- 
Federal Aviation Reg. Part --  -- 
Type of Flight Plan filed IFR  IFR 
Flight plan Was Activated? Yes  No 
Damage None  None 
Aircraft Fire None  None 
Aircraft Explosion None  None 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name Boeing  Airbus 
Aircraft Model 757-232  A-320 
Aircraft Series Identifier --  -- 
Aircraft Serial Number --  -- 
Certified Max Gross Weight --  -- 
Aircraft Category Airplane  Airplane 
Aircraft Registration Class --  -- 
Aircraft is a homebuilt? No  No 
Flight Crew Seats --  -- 
Cabin Crew Seats --  -- 
Passenger Seats --  -- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft --  -- 
Number of Engines --  -- 
Fixed gear or retractable gear Fixed  Fixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection --  -- 
Date of Last Inspection --  -- 
Airframe hours since last inspection --  -- 
Airframe Hours --  -- 
ELT Installed --  -- 
ELT Activated --  -- 
ELT Aided Location of Event Site --  -- 
ELT Type --  -- 
Aircraft Owner Name --  -- 
Aircraft Owner Street Address --  -- 
Aircraft Owner City --  -- 
Aircraft Owner State --  -- 
Aircraft Owner Country --  -- 
Aircraft Owner Zipcode --  -- 
Operator is an individual? --  -- 
Operator Name --  -- 
Operator Same as Owner? --  -- 
Operator Is Doing Business As --  -- 
Operator Address Same as Owner? --  -- 
Operator Street Address P.O. Box 20706, Department 940  P.O. Box 66100 
Operator City Atlanta  Chicago 
Operator State GA  IL 
Operator Country USA   USA  
Operator Zip code 30320  60666 
Operator Code DALD  UALD 
Owner has at least one certificate --  -- 
Other Operator of large aircraft? --  -- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation --  -- 
Operator Certificate Number --  -- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not Scheduled  Scheduled 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight Domestic  Domestic 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail Passenger Only  Passenger Only 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary) --  -- 
Second Pilot on Board --  -- 
Departure Point Same as Event No  Yes 
Departure Airport Code KATL  KFLL 
Departure City Atlanta  Fort Lauderdale 
Departure State GA  FL 
Departure Country USA  USA 
Departure Time --  -- 
Departure Time Zone EDT  EDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt crash at destination city  -- 
Destination Airport Code KFLL  KIAD 
Destination City Fort Lauderdale  Washington 
Destination State FL  DC 
Destination Country USA  USA 
Specific Phase of Flight Landing - aborted  Taxi - to takeoff 
Report sent to ICAO? --  -- 
Evacuation occurred --  -- 
Date of most recent change to record Nov 19 2007 8:08PM  Nov 19 2007 8:08PM 
User who most recently changed record ROWS   ROWS  
Since inspection or accident --  -- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location 9L  -- 
Runway Length 9000  -- 
Runway Width 150  -- 
Sight Seeing flight No  No 
Air Medical Flight No  No 
Medical Flight --  --