TAP Air Portugal A320neo hits motorcycle on landing, kills 2

On September 2, a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A320neo collided with a motorcycle with two people while landing at Ahmed Sékou Touré International Airport, Guinea.

The one and a half year old A320-200neo registered CS-TVI, operating flight TP1492 from Lisbon, Portugal to Conakry, Guinea landed on runway 24 at approximately 2330 LT but engine n°2 (right side) entered collision with a motorcycle occupied by two people who crossed the track at the time.

The plane took off without further incident and the two occupants of the motorcycle were killed.

The engine after the incident, photo by NSH Aviation

The Airport issued a statement on Twitter confirming the incident and adding that the identified driver was a security guard, an employee of a company tasked with securing the plane’s fence.

“An investigation by the Guinean Civil Aviation Authority (AGAC) with the support of SOGEAC’s Safety and Security Department is underway to find out the causes and the responsibilities of the parties involved.”

“Passengers and crew are fine. All safety procedures were followed, but even so it was not possible to prevent the accident. TAP is naturally working with local authorities to investigate the circumstances. which have led to this regrettable situation”

TAP press release

TAP A320neo from Lisbon

The airline and the airport expressed their condolences to the families affected.

Return flight TP1493 to Lisbon has been canceled and the plane is still on the ground in Conakry nearly 24 hours after landing.

The engine after the incident, photo by NSH Aviation

Cover photo by NSH Aviation

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