Event Details

Title:Ground collision between a Boeing 777-200, N781AN and an Airbus A340-300, TC-JDK, at London Heathrow Airport, November 6, 2005
Micro summary:This A340's winglet made struck a Boeing 777's left elevator and left wing tip.
Event Time:2005-11-06 at 1238 UTC
File Name:2005-11-06-2-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2005/11/02
Site of event:Holding Area Runway 27L, London Heathrow
First AirplaneSecond Airplane
Departure:London Heathrow Airport, London, England, United KingdomLondon Heathrow Airport, London, England, United Kingdom
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 777-200Airbus A340-300
Flight Phase:TaxiTaxi
Operator(s):American Airlines
Type of flight:RevenueRevenue
Serious Injuries:00
Other Injuries:00
Executive Summary:Aircraft entering the Holding Area prior to departure from Runway 27L at London Heathrow Airport, initially follow a single yellow taxiway centreline, which splits into two parallel lines within the holding area. This is wide enough for two ‘heavy/widebody’ aircraft to position side by side when lined up on the parallel lines. Prior to departure, a Boeing 777 (B777) was holding, in turn, at N2W behind a Boeing 737-800 (B737), in the Holding Area. Whilst in this position, an Airbus A340 (A340) was instructed to taxi to N2E. As it passed behind the B777, the A340’s right winglet made contact with the B777’s left elevator and its left wing tip. The A340 had not reached the section of the line parallel to the parked B777. This accident happened at the same location as a collision between similar aircraft types reported in AAIB Bulletin 9/2005, reference EW/C2004/07/03.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airport Markings or Lighting
Operations - Ground Collision
Other - Airport Management
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage


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