Event Details

Title:Ground collision, Final Report by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau on the collision on the ground between Crossair AG AVRO RJ100, HB-IYX and TAM, Brazilian Airlines Airbus A330-200, PT-MVB on 27 December 2001, 19:39 UTC Zurich Airport
Micro summary:A glancing collision between two airplanes preparing for takeoff.
Event Time:2001-12-27 at 1939 UTC
File Name:2001-12-27-CH.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB)
Publishing Country:Switzerland
Report number:1792
Site of event:Taxiing to runway 28, Frankfurt
First AirplaneSecond Airplane
Departure:Zurich International Airport (Kloten Airport), Kloten, SwitzerlandUnknown
Destination:Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A330-200Avro RJ100
Flight Phase:TaxiTaxi
Operator(s):TAM, Brazilian AirlinesCrossair
Type of flight:RevenueRevenue
Serious Injuries:UnknownUnknown
Other Injuries:UnknownUnknown
Executive Summary:On the evening of 27 December 2001, the Airbus A330-200 PT-MVB of the Brazilian airline TAM with the ATC callsign TAM8071 was taxiing to runway 28 for a flight to Frankfurt. As it was doing so, a glancing collision occurred with the Crossair AVRO RJ100 HB-IYX, which was waiting to enter the remote de-icing position east RWY28 ‘RIO’.

The collision occurred because the crew of the taxiing TAM8071 did not realise that CRX874 was stationary on the right of their taxiway and had not yet taxied completely into the standby for de-icing position and that the space available was not sufficient for an aircraft of the size of an A330-200 to pass.

The following factors may have contributed to the accident:

- possible distraction of the TAM8071 co-pilot responsible for ensuring obstacle clearance on the right-hand side, because of the frequency change to the TWR frequency.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Runway Collision
Operations - Ground Collision
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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