posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 09:39 PM
A classified report by the MoD has declared RAF Northolt, which is used to fly the Queen and other high ranking officials and members of the Royal
Family into and out of unsafe. Dangers are so bad, that it's only able to operate under the dispensation of a Government Aerodrome. If it were a
private airfield, it would never be licensed to operate.
The airfield is surrounded by buildings that under normal takeoff conditions, the aircraft barely clear. The road that crosses near the airfield has
hazard lights that are supposed to stop traffic during operations, but they're frequently ignored. Aircraft cross the road at only 30 feet above the
tops of vehicles. One end of the runway has 267 buildings that intrude into the operating area of aircraft, while the other has 198. It also has an
inadequate overrun area for aircraft.
After a 1996 accident in which an aircraft went off the end of the runway, crossed onto the road, and hit a van, an aggregate bed was installed near
the end of the runway for aircraft. It's not clear how well that works though, and it can cause problems during an overrun, including access by
rescue vehicles trying to get to the aircraft. To help improve the situation, they shortened the landing area, down to 4900 feet in one direction,
and 5100 feet in the other. A report states that to be safe, they need to further reduce it to 4100 feet, which was ruled out by the MoD, as it would
prevent certain aircraft from using the runway.
The VIP airfield used by the Queen and Prime Minister is unsafe, according to a classified Ministry of Defence report obtained by the
Dangers to “existing operations” at RAF Northolt, London, are so serious it “could not be licensed in its current form” by the aviation
authorities, the report says.
It is able to operate only under dispensation as a “Government aerodrome”.
The situation is “inexcusable”, it is claimed, and could “end in an accident”.
Northolt is the base for the RAF’s 32 (The Royal) Squadron, which operates a fleet of BAE 146 executive jets for military commanders, ministers and
the Royal Family.