ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 767-3Q8ER 4X-EAK Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 28 March 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic B763 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 767-3Q8ER
Operator:El Al Israel Airlines
Registration: 4X-EAK
MSN: 27600/655
First flight: 1997-04-07 (21 years)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4060
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 270
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) (   Israel)
Phase: Pushback / towing (PBT)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israel
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
A Germania Boeing 737-700 (D-ABLB) was involved in a ground collision accident with an El Al Boeing 767-300ER (4X-EAK) at Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel.
Both aircraft were parked at Terminal 3, with the B737 at gate C8 and the B767 at gate C9. At 06:17 the B767 was cleared for pushback by the ground controller: "ElAl 385 Heavy C9 pushback and startup approved, release point 37 facing east".
Two minutes later the B737 was also cleared for pushback: "Germania 4915 pushback and startup approved, release point 48 facing east." This clearance was later amended to point 47 facing west.
What the ground controller did not realise was the fact that the B767 on point 37 was blocking the pushback lane of the B737.
Germania flight 4915 was being pushed back from the gate until the tail fin impacted the right hand horizontal stabilizer of El Al flight 385.
At the time of the accident it was dark and visibility was decreased by rain and reflecting lights.

Probable Cause:

The main causes for the accident
The severe safety event began with a wrong instruction in the pushback clearance, issued by the ground controller for the 737 a/c aircraft, a pushback which evolved to an accident, under the prevailing local visibility and environmental conditions, as a result of the pushback supervisors of the two pushed back aircraft failing to perform a safe pushback and detect hazards and obstacles on the pushback routes.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AIAI (Israel)
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: 31-18
Download report: Final report

Ground collision
Damaged on the ground

Follow-up / safety actions

AIAI issued 11 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Boeing-767-3Q8ER-4X-EAK
photo of Boeing-767-3Q8ER-4X-EAK
accident date: 28-03-2018
type: Boeing 767-3Q8ER
registration: 4X-EAK

Video, social media

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport to Roma-Fiumicino Airport as the crow flies is 2264 km (1415 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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