Wild: Man Runs Down Airport Runway Toward Airplane

Wild: Man Runs Down Airport Runway Toward Airplane

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Here’s something we (fortunately) don’t see every day…

TAAG Angola Airlines Dash 8 shuts down engine due to runway visitor

This incident involves a TAAG Angola Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 that was scheduled to operate the short 196-mile domestic flight in Angola from Soyo (SZA) to Luanda (LAD). Earlier this week, the plane was operating flight DT131, and lined up on the runway getting ready to depart. However, at the same time, the pilots spotted a person running down the runway toward the aircraft.

The person kept running toward the aircraft, until he got really close to the propellors. At this point the pilots made the (smart) decision to shut down the left engine, to avoid potential catastrophe. That was well timed, because the person was within feet of the engines.

Once the aircraft’s engine was shut down, the person continued to stand there. Eventually the intruder decided to make a run for it, realizing that there was a security guard chasing after him.

Minutes after this incident, the crew restarted the engine, and the aircraft operated the flight to Luanda without further incident.

It’s not clear what this person’s motive was

It’s anyone’s guess what this person was trying to accomplish, if anything. Was he trying to hitch a ride, and thought that flagging down the plane on the runway was the best way to do so. Or…?

Many airports deal with unwelcome visitors, though usually it comes in the form of animals that manage to get onto airport property. Unfortunately some airports don’t have great perimeter fences, leading to these kinds of situations.

This reminds of an incident that happened in Nigeria a few years back, whereby a person climbed onto the wing of an Azman Air Boeing 737 while it was preparing to depart the airport.

Honestly, it’s less creepy than the scene in “The Twilight Zone” where there’s a person on the wing…

Bottom line

A TAAG Angola Dash 8 Q400 had to delay its takeoff because a person came running down the runway. The man got very close to the propellor, so the pilots shut it down at the very last moment. The man eventually made a run for it, before being removed from the airport by security. Goodness, what an incident.

What do you make of this situation?

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  1. D3Kingg Guest

    Definitely a liberal. Sponsored by Capital one.

  2. Brian pour Guest

    Ben. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You impact people's lives in more ways than i could imagine. Because of you not only have i and my family had a more awesome experience flying but i personally look forward to your articles. Each one opens up another dream or another opportunity. Your site is my lunch companion. Thank you for producing so much work. You are the stephen king of luxury travel. Thank you...thank you...thank you

  3. George Romey Guest

    How far is the Twilight Zone episode from reality 2023 in which a passenger claims a lizard person is on the plane? Seems as though the fantasy and satire of yesterday is today's reality.

  4. Pierre Diamond

    Ah Ben... Your favorite airline...

    1. Jerry Diamond

      There is a COLONIAL WOMAN on the runway

  5. jotlaptop Member

    Lucky, thanks for the Twilight Zone memory -- William Shatner's finest (early) hour, foreshadowing his journey to Space, The Final Frontier!

  6. Paul Gold

    Hold up, I made it to the plane before takeoff so you have to let me on.
    - dude probably

  7. TravelinWilly Diamond

    He appears to be a typically stupid and deranged MAGA acolyte trying to flee prosecution for being insurrectionist.

    1. John Guest

      TravelinPenis, post your comments before you snort the white stuff, not after. That s**t messes with your two and a half functional brain cells. Peace out.

    2. BBK Diamond

      @John.. you are being too optimistic on the brain cell count.

  8. betterbub Diamond

    no biggie that's my buddy Jim he's just a really big avgeek

    1. Nick Guest

      @betterbub. That was funny!

  9. George Romey Guest

    Wasn't there a situation a few years back at ATL where a near naked man climbed on a DL a/c wing during boarding, eventually jumped down and ran off, then chased and caught by police?

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John Guest

TravelinPenis, post your comments before you snort the white stuff, not after. That s**t messes with your two and a half functional brain cells. Peace out.

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betterbub Diamond

no biggie that's my buddy Jim he's just a really big avgeek

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Brian pour Guest

Ben. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You impact people's lives in more ways than i could imagine. Because of you not only have i and my family had a more awesome experience flying but i personally look forward to your articles. Each one opens up another dream or another opportunity. Your site is my lunch companion. Thank you for producing so much work. You are the stephen king of luxury travel. Thank you...thank you...thank you

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