SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A video that shows a very close call at the Springfield-Branson National Airport is getting national attention.
The incident happened on June 27, nearly a month and a half ago. The video shows a plane nearly missing a van crossing the runway. Video of the incident recently popped up online. The city of Springfield shared the video with us. The video shows an airport operations vehicle Crossing Runway 14, while according to the NTSB report, an Envoy Air plane was taking off on that Runway carrying 53 people. The plane left for Chicago.
The city shared a statement from the staff member driving the airport van. He stated he and two other airport employees were headed to the employee barbecue at the firehouse and decided to cross the runways to get there faster. He said the airport ground controller gave him clearance to cross one runway, then the next. As the van was crossing that second runway, the driver says his front seat passenger yelled, and he saw the nose of the aircraft coming toward them. As he sped off the runway, the driver said he could hear the plane overhead. The driver says he asked his passengers if they heard the ground controller give clearance to cross, and they confirmed hearing they were clear. The report says he immediately reported the incident to the airport operations supervisor.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what happened.
An aircraft taking off for Chicago O'Hare from Springfield, Mo. on June 27 nearly hit a van on runway 14 at the airport. The plane had 50 passengers and 3 crew members at the time of the incident.
The preliminary reports from the National Transportation Safety Board says, "On Wednesday June 27, 2018, about 1251 central daylight time (CDT), a runway incursion occurred at Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), Springfield, Missouri when an airport operations vehicle (VAN7) crossed runway 14 while an Embraer 145, operated by Envoy Air as flight ENY3660, was on takeoff roll. Envoy Air 3660 was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121. There was no damage to the aircraft or vehicle, and no reported injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed."
One British publication reports, "An airport employee almost caused a major accident on the runway when he drove his van in front of an airplane as it was about to take off because he didn't want to miss the company BBQ." KY3 has not confirmed this information published online.