On Tuesday the 21st of February, an A340 from TAP (Air Portugal - either
Flt 6077 or 185) landed on a taxiway at SBGR (Guarulhos, São
This incident is being investigated by the Brazilian authorities.
A lot of contributing factors can be advanced: Recent Rain; height of
the sun and it's direction at the time; ILS u/s; VOR u/s; phraseology
The crew are suspended until the conclusions of the investigation. It
was an A340 from TAP Portugal. Crew has been suspended.
Confirmation of the incident from a pilot from Sao Paulo...
Indeed it happened during a planned landing Rwy27R. The TAP A340
landed on Twy B...after refusing to accept that
(and/or later insisting that he's not been given) any instruction to go
around. Both pilots were dead headed back to Portugal and removed
from duties pending further investigation. It was indeed a very serious
incident, as there was an American or United
aircraft taxiing back on the same taxiway. Damage happened only
to the understrength taxiway - which isn't prepared for landing shock
loadings [much less that of an A340...]
All photos above are looking up the approach (to the SE) - except the Google Earth satellite image.
From the Google image you can easily see that in low visibility the
very significantly displaced threshold of r/way 27L could lead to an
honest mistake - i.e. you see just the squared (not curving) taxiway
threshold and the real 27R threshold to its left (although it wasn't low
visibility - just sun-glare - it nevertheless has the same effect,
particularly if the sun-glare is exacerbated by a wet reflective runway
& taxiway in the late afternoon).