Accident Saab 340B N347BE,
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Date:Monday 12 April 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Saab 340B
Owner/operator:Business Express
Registration: N347BE
MSN: 340B-187
Year of manufacture:1990
Engine model:GE CT7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS) -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Presque Isle Municipal Airport, ME (PQI/KPQI)
Destination airport:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Saab 340B, N347BE, operated as Business Express flight 6240, was substantially damaged when a baggage belt-loader sliced through a portion of the fuselage, in an area under the cargo door.
The vehicle approached the airplane without stopping, and the driver jumped off just before the collision. At the time, the airplane's engines were secured, the wheels were chocked, the seat belt sign had been turned off, and the parking checklist had been completed. The passengers were standing, and the flight attendant was waiting for the signal to open the door. Ground support personnel checked the belt-loader braking system immediately after the collision and found no discrepancies. The airline had a published procedure in place, wherein the belt-loader driver was required to stop the vehicle 50 feet prior to the airplane, and again, at least 8 feet away from the airplane. The driver was then required to approach the airplane with the belt-loader at a 'creep' speed.

The belt-loader driver's loss of control of the vehicle, and his failure to follow published procedures for approaching the airplane with the belt-loader.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC99LA092
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

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