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Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 13 June 2013
Time:10:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD88 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N995DL
C/n / msn: 53362/1955
First flight: 1992
Total airframe hrs:56640
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 149
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 156
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Nashville International Airport, TN (BNA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nashville International Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Narrative:
With an expected 20 to 25 minute hold time before departure, the airplane was pushed back from the gate and ground clearance was given for the flight crew to taxi to a hold area to wait. While positioning in the hold area, the airplane's right wing impacted a light pole. The passengers were deplaned via air stairs and no injuries occurred. An examination of the right wing by maintenance personnel revealed that the right wing spar had sustained substantial damage. The captain, who was at the controls, reported that he had not seen the light pole before impact. The first officer reported looking up and seeing the light pole; however, he observed that the captain was turning away from the pole before the impact. It was further reported that there was no pre impact mechanical malfunction or failure with the airplane's flight controls.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crews failure to maintain clearance from the light pole while taxiing."

Classification:

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Nashville International Airport, TN to Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA as the crow flies is 342 km (214 miles).

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