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CRJ7 / CRJ2, Charlotte NC USA, 2008

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Summary
On 28 June 2008, a Bombardier CRJ 700 operated by PSA Airlines, during daytime pushback collided with a stationary CRJ 200 of the same company at Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina.
Event Details
When June 2008
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Ground Operations, Human Factors
Day/Night Day
Flight Conditions On Ground - Normal Visibility
Flight Details
Aircraft BOMBARDIER Regional Jet CRJ-700
Operator PSA Airlines
Domicile United States
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Charlotte/Douglas
Intended Destination Washington/Dulles
Take off Commenced No
Flight Airborne No
Flight Completed No
Flight Phase Pushback/towing
PBT
Flight Details
Aircraft BOMBARDIER Regional Jet CRJ-200
Operator PSA Airlines
Domicile United States
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Charlotte/Douglas
Take off Commenced No
Flight Airborne No
Flight Completed No
Flight Phase Standing
STD
Location - Airport
Airport Charlotte/Douglas
General
Tag(s) Aircraft-aircraft collision
HF
Tag(s) Ineffective Monitoring
GND
Tag(s) Taxiway collision,
Aircraft / Aircraft conflict,
Aircraft Push Back
Outcome
Damage or injury Yes
Aircraft damage Major
Injuries None"None" is not in the list (Few occupants, Many occupants, Most or all occupants) of allowed values for the "Injuries" property.
Fatalities None"None" is not in the list (Few occupants, Many occupants, Most or all occupants) of allowed values for the "Fatalities" property. ()
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s) Airport Operation
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s) None Made
Investigation Type
Type Independent


Description

On 28 June 2008, a Bombardier CRJ 700 operated by PSA Airlines, during daytime pushback collided with a stationary CRJ 200 of the same company at Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina. Due to thunderstorm activity in the vicinity of the airport, the ground personnel were not wearing headsets which consequently resulted in inadequate coordination and ultimately in a collision.


Synopsis

This is an extract from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Report NYC08LA234B on the accident:

A CRJ 200 had completed the pushback process and was waiting for taxi clearance. A CRJ 700 was being pushed back from another gate, with a wing walker stationed at the left wing. The wing walker was aware of the CRJ 200, and when the pushback commenced, he believed that the tugdriver was only going to pushback the airplane about 10 feet, just enough to trigger the aircraft communication addressing and reporting system (ACARS) "out" time. As the tugdriver continued to push the airplane past 10 feet, the wing walker signaled the tugdriver to stop. He continued to attempt to alert the tugdriver; however, the tugdriver did not observe the wing walker before the tail section of the CRJ 700, struck the tail section of the CRJ 200.Witnesses observed the wing walker signaling the tugdriver to stop as the tugdriver continued to push the airplane. […] Due to lightning in the vicinity of airport, ground crewmembers were not using headsets.

The NTSB determined the probable cause(s) of this accident as:

  • the tugdriver and wing walker's lack of communication, and
  • the tugdriver's failure to properly monitor the wing walker.

Contributing factor to the accident was the lightning in the vicinity of the airport, which resulted in the ground crewmembers not wearing headsets.


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Further Reading

  • For further information see the NTSB Reports NYC08LA234A

and NYC08LA234B