8 July 2017 - Incident during circling approach Amsterdam Airport Schiphol


On Saturday 8 July, an incident took place during the execution of a circling approach. The aircraft executed the approach for a different runway than it should have. Hereafter, it carried out a missed approach.

LVNL is investigating the incident and has reported the incident to the Dutch Safety Board.

Circling approach

During a circling approach an aircraft initially approaches a particular runway using the instrument landing system. At a later stage during the approach, the aircraft then makes a turn to bring itself into position for another runway. This is a procedure that is used worldwide. This happens regularly at Schiphol too.

Occurrence investigation

LVNL’s primary task with regard to safety is to keep aircraft separate from one another (including aircraft combined with vehicles on the ground). Air traffic control reports all occurrences that take place in practice within LVNL, in order to learn from them and to reduce the risk of such occurrences in the future. Within LVNL, all reported occurrences are investigated in order to be able to continuously improve safety.