Incident investigation

LVNL’s primary safety task is to maintain the separation of aircraft from one another, and also from vehicles and other obstacles when on the ground. We therefore investigate all reported incidents in this domain.

These investigations produce specific recommendations to improve safety. They cover a broad range of incidents that vary widely in their severity – in all, more than a thousand a year.


Air traffic controllers internally report any incidents falling within our area of responsibility, with the aim of learning lessons from them and so reducing the chance that similar occurrences will take place again in the future. Their reports cover many kinds of issue: someone shining a laser at the control tower at Beek, an unauthorised penetration of the approach zone at Schiphol, a runway incursion in Rotterdam, a precautionary landing at Eelde, an uncleared pushback, a loss of separation, a fuel dump and so on.