The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating an incident at Dublin Airport on February 15, where a Ryanair aircraft reportedly taxied the wrong way down a runway where other planes were about to land.
The Daily Mail reports that Ryanair flight FR227, from London Stansted to Dublin, missed its exit and turned around at the end of the runway, before heading back the way it came.
The aircraft is then believed to have attempted another unauthorised turn, before being directed towards a different exit.
Recordings of the Air Traffic Control communications, which have been heard by The Mail, reveal that other flights had to delay or abort landings as a result.
After the incident, another Ryanair plane asked the tower, "What was wrong with the runway?"
The control tower replies: "Well what happened was one of your company aircraft landed on runway 28, appeared to be going to the very end of the runway and just before they got to Bravo 7 [a runway exit], they made a 180 degree turn which, eh, screwed everything."
The Irish Aviation Authority confirmed that an investigation was underway and released an official statement which said: "The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating an incident at Dublin Airport on February 15 where an aircraft that landed and was cleared to vacate the runway, completed a 180 degree turn back down the runway. There were other aircraft on approach to land on this runway, which were being monitored by air traffic control and as the other aircraft was still on the runway these aircraft were instructed to perform a missed approach."
Ryanair confirmed that it was aware of the incident and was cooperating with enquiries. Air Traffic Control communications reveal that the crew explained that the incident happened because they had had issues with landing and had to "brake hard."
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