Spardo wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:42 pm
I don't know if the lights are automatically controlled by radar but if not, and controlled by the tower, that would not have helped there. Tower thought the runway was clear.
The near accident in the States was about twenty years ago...the latest modern Runway Status Lights you see at some American and also some European airports are fully automated...
FWIW the need for all sorts of extra expensive "kit" on the ground for use in fog, such as extra backup power supplies, perimeter fencing, extra lights, possibly ground surveillance radar, is the reason why most airports, most especially the smaller regional ones, don't have the facilities in place to support low visibility operations.
https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/technol ... %20runway.