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Last updated: 30 March 2020
Datum:dinsdag 31 oktober 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-430
Registratie: D-ABVY
Constructienummer: 29869/1261
Bouwjaar: 2000
Aantal vlieguren:32204
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 18
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 294
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 312
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Taxi (TXI)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Duitsland
A Boeing 747-400, operated by Lufthansa as flight LH403, incurred substantial damage when its left wingtip impacted the right wingtip of a Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 that was under tow, but stopped, at Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), New Jersey. None of the 18 crewmembers and 294 passengers onboard LH403 were injured. There was no one onboard the B757 and the tug driver and radio operator were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed.
The accident occurred in the vicinity of the intersection of taxiways A and S. The B747 crew was not aware of the B757 in tow. The captain indicated that the accident occurred in an area where the B757 in tow was backlit by apron lights, and that the crew's attention was diverted to another B757 ahead that they had been instructed to follow. The B757 in tow, which had been taxiing ahead of the B747 prior to reaching the diverging taxiways, had received its taxi instructions prior to the B747 crew being on the frequency. Some taxiways were mislabeled on a Federal Aviation Administration airport diagram; however, the mislabeling did not affect the outcome of the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the Boeing 747 crew to maintain an adequate visual lookout. Contributing to the accident were the night lighting conditions, the back lighting from the apron lights, and the crew's diverted attention in focusing on a Boeing 757 that they were instructed to follow."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: NYC07LA017
Download report: Summary report



NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ en Frankfurt International Airport bedraagt 6167 km (3854 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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