Accident Boeing 717-2BD N894AT,
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Date:Thursday 4 October 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic B712 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 717-2BD
Owner/operator:Southwest Airlines
Registration: N894AT
MSN: 55046/5137
Year of manufacture:2004
Total airframe hrs:24645 hours
Engine model:BMW RR BR715
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 108
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE) -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL)
Destination airport:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Boeing 717-200, N894AT, was struck by a catering truck while it was parked at the gate at Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE). There were no injuries to the deplaning 103 passengers and 5 flight crew. The airplane was substantially damaged.
The airplane was operated by Southwest Airlines as Flight WN-725 as a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL).
The airplane had arrived at gate C14 and passengers had started deplaning. A catering truck approached the right front service door. The driver said he attempted to stop, applying the brakes 3 times. The truck did not stop and struck the airplane. After the accident, the driver of the truck found a sleeve of hot/cold cups under the brake pedal. The damage to the airplane was confined to the area of the production splice, a joint where the forward portion of the fuselage is mated to the midsection fuselage. This included fuselage stations 207, 218, 228. 235, and 250.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An obstruction (a sleeve of cups) that lodged under the catering truck brake pedal, which prevented the driver from stopping the truck before it struck the parked airplane."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN13LA004
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) NTSB; Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE); October 2012; (publicdomain)

photo (c) NTSB; Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE); October 2012; (publicdomain)

photo (c) Timo Blossfeld; Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP); 04 October 2006

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