OPS09IA001A
OPS09IA001A

On Monday, September 22, 2008 at 1750 central daylight time, a runway incursion at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (PIA) in Peoria, Illinois involving Skywest (SKW) flight 5961, a Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ-200), and American Eagle Flight (EGF) 4075, an Embraer ERJ-145 (E145). Both aircraft had been cleared to land simultaneously on intersecting runways without assured required separation. The tower local controller, a position certified developmental controller, had been on position for 22 minutes working 3 aircraft with no previous operational errors or operational deviations. SKW5961 landed on runway 22 and while on landing roll, the local controller instructed the pilot to hold short of intersecting runway 13 for landing traffic. The pilot did not read back the instruction. The local controller thought SKW5961 stopped short of runway 13 and cleared EGF4075 to land on runway 13. As EGF4075 was touching down on runway 13, SKW5961 advised that "we may be technically on the runway." There are old land and hold short (LAHSO) markings on runway 22 that the SKW pilot may have been referring to; however, there were no hold short markings for the intersecting runway. Closest proximity between the two aircraft was 1900 feet. The FAA assigned a runway incursion severity index value of "C" to this incident. Runway incursion severity index values are assigned an A, B, C, or D with "A" being the most severe and "D" being the least severe. A category "C" indicates that required separation decreased but there is ample time and distance to avoid a potential collision. Air traffic control staffing included 4 air traffic control specialists (ATCS) with two on position and two on break. Of the two ATCS on position, one controller was working local control (LC) and one controller was working ground control (GC) combined with the controller-in-charge (CIC) position.

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