TAP Air Portugal A320 Hits Motorcycle on Landing, Killing Two

A TAP Air Portugal Airbus preparing for a night flight.
Simply Aviation, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – On Friday 2 September, a TAP Air Portugal A320neo collided with a motorcycle which attempted to cross the runway as it landed at Ahmed Sékou Touré International Airport in Conakry, Guinea.

The two occupants of the motorcycle, a security guard and an airport employee, were both killed in the collision.

The Airbus A320 aircraft, registered CS-TVI, was operating as scheduled flight TP 1492 from Lisbon, Portugal to Conakry, Guinea and had landed just prior to midnight local time.

During the landing roll, the motorcycle attempted to cross the runway and struck the right-hand engine nacelle. The aircraft continued the landing roll out without further incident, however both occupants of the motorcycle died in the impact.

The damaged right-hand engine of TAP Air Portugal Airbus at Conakry airport, Guinea.

Photo Credit: NSH Aviation

Airport statement

Ahmed Sékou Touré International Airport, also known as Gbessia International Airport, is the airport serving Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea in West Africa.

Following the incident, the airport released the following statement:

“To the attention of our users, On the night of September 2, 2022 around 11:40 p.m., TAP Portugal flight TP 1492 from Lisbon struck two (2) individuals riding a motorcycle on the airstrip.”

“The identified driver was a security guard, employee of a company in charge of securing the airport fence. At this painful moment, the airport authorities offer their sincere condolences to the bereaved families.”

“An investigation conducted by the Guinean Civil Aviation Authority (AGAC) with the support of the SOGEAC Safety and Security Department is ongoing in order to elucidate the causes and responsibilities of the parties involved.”

“The General Management would like to remind users that air traffic is open and the resumption of flights is effective this morning.”

The TAP Air Portugal return flight to Lisbon TP 1493 was subsequently cancelled, with the aircraft remaining at Ahmed Sékou Touré International Airport.

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