WASHINGTON—Had the crew of an Air Dolomiti Embraer 195 waited a few seconds longer to takeoff on Runway 7R at Brussels Airport on the night of Oct. 5, 2016, the outcome of a serious runway incursion with a landing Aer Lingus Airbus A320 on a crossing runway may have been far worse. “The fact that DLH4TX [the Air Dolomiti flight] did not start the takeoff run 10-15 sec. later is just a matter of circumstances (chance),” Belgium’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) ...

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