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Last updated: 10 December 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 31 October 2018
Time:10:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-323
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N817NW
C/n / msn: 843
First flight: 2007-04-26 (11 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4168A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) (   France)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France
Destination airport:Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport (SXM/TNCM), Sint Maarten
Flightnumber:AF498
Narrative:
Delta Air Lines flight 97, an Airbus A330-323 (N817NW) hit Air France flight 498, an Airbus A330-203 (F-GZCI) on a taxiway at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France.
F-GZCI was standing on taxiway RT1 behind an Airbus A320 at the holding point for runway 08L. N817NW taxied towards the parallel runways on the North side and passed behind on taxiway R. The left winglet of N817NW damaged the tail cone and horizontal stabilizer of F-GZCI. Both flights were cancelled.

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Classification:
Ground collision

Sources:
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Distance from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport as the crow flies is 6690 km (4182 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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