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Accident description
Last updated: 21 March 2018
Date:Friday 30 June 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200ER
Operator:SkyWest Airlines
On behalf of:American Eagle
Registration: N862AS
C/n / msn: 7476
First flight: 2001
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-3B1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Unknown
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rochester International Airport, MN (RST/KRST), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
An American Airlines Airbus A321 (N991AU) was involved in a ground contact incident with a SkyWest Airlines/American Eagle CRJ-200 (N862AS) at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, Illinois, USA.
American Airlines flight AA1162 was taxiing out for departure when the left hand winglet contacted the stabilizer of American Eagle flight AA3047, that had arrived from Rochester International Airport, MN at 20:16 hours local time.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The A321 flight crew's incorrect evaluation of the clearance between the aircraft, leading to the inadvertent collision with the horizontal stabilizer of the CRJ700. Contributing to the accident was traffic congestion that resulted in the CRJ700 having to stop prior to fully clearing the perpendicular taxiway."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 252 days (8 months)
Accident number: DCA17CA147B
Download report: Summary report

Ground collision


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Distance from Rochester International Airport, MN to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 428 km (267 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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