NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


November 1, 2006

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has assigned investigators to look into three recent incidents involving airliners, two at Newark Liberty International Airport and another in Seattle. Newark Liberty International Airport, October 28

On Saturday evening, October 28, Continental Airlines flight 1883, a Boeing 757 arriving from Orlando, Florida, landed on taxiway Zulu rather than runway 29, which parallel's the taxiway, following a circle-to-land instrument approach. There were no injuries to the 152 persons aboard nor damage to the aircraft. Jill Andrews from the Board's Parsippany, New Jersey regional office is the Investigator-in-Charge of this incident. The NTSB identification number for this incident is NYC07IA015.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, October 30

On Monday morning, October 30, Alaska Airlines flight 61, a Boeing 737, took off from runway 34 right, instead of the assigned runway 34 center, at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. There were no injuries or damage, and the flight continued uneventfully to Juneau, Alaska. Joseph Sedor from the NTSB's Major Investigations Division has been assigned as Investigator-in-Charge. The NTSB identification number for this incident is DCA07IA008.

Newark Liberty International Airport, October 31

On Tuesday evening, October 31, the left wingtip of Lufthansa flight 403, a Boeing 747 that was taxiing for takeoff, struck the right wingtip of a Continental Airlines 757 that was being towed. There were 313 persons aboard the Lufthansa aircraft; there were no passengers aboard the 757. No injuries were reported and minor damage was noted on the 747's wingtip. Paul Cox from the NTSB's Ashburn, Virginia regional office has been assigned as Investigator-in-Charge. The NTSB identification number for this incident investigation is NYC07IA017.

Preliminary reports for all of these incidents will be available shortly on the Board's website at www.ntsb.gov. Investigators will interview crewmembers, obtain air traffic control data, and analyze information from flight recorders from all of these incidents.

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.