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Last updated: 14 December 2018
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 5 December 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-211
Operator:Air Inter
Registration: F-GHQB
C/n / msn: 036
First flight: 1989
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5A1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 136
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 142
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL) (   France)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Destination airport:Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL/LFQQ), France
Narrative:
An Airbus A320-211 was damaged in a runway incursion accident at Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL), France. There were no fatalities
Visibility was limited, about 500 m, due to fog. While F-GHQB was on approach, a Mooney M20K registered PH-WJO, taxied onto the active runway. The A320 was unable to go around and hit the Mooney from behind, spinning it around and taking off the wings and tail.
The pilot and sole occupant of the Mooney, Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, survived the accident.

Classification:
Runway incursion

Sources:
» Causal System Analysis / Peter Ladkin [Chapter 13: Aviation incident reports]


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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 Paris-Orly Airport to Lille-Lesquin Airport as the crow flies is 209 km (131 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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