Event Details

Title:Collision with air bridge, Boeing 737-500, Dublin, Ireland, May 12, 1999
Micro summary:Boeing 737 scraped the underside of an airbridge.
Event Time:1999-05-12 at 0520 UTC
File Name:1999-05-12-IE.pdf
Publishing Agency:Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU)
Publishing Country:Ireland
Report number:2001/003
Site of event:Stand 38, Dublin Airport
Departure:Shannon International Airport, Shannon, Ireland
Destination:Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 737-500
Flight Phase:Taxi
Operator(s):Aer Lingus
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:Aircraft EI-CDH was on a scheduled flight from Shannon to Dublin and landed earlier than expected at 05.08. The aircraft taxied to the South Apron and was marshalled on to Stand 38. As the aircraft was being marshalled to the stop line at the hammerhead, the top surface area of the port wing outboard of the aileron came in contact with the underneath mechanism of the airbridge, which was extended at the time.

3.1 The marshaller was not aware that the airbridge was out of its parked position. He had inadequate experience at the time.

3.2 Because the aircraft arrived at the stand early, the qualified airbridge operator had little time to check the actual position of the airbridge in relation to its distance from the parked position.

3.3 No information was given to the Aircraft Operators Staff by the Airport Authority that the Airbridge was “out of order”. Stand 38 should not have been used at this time.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Ground Collision
Other - Airport Management
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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