ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-8K2 (WL) PH-BXZ Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 13 December 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8K2 (WL)
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-BXZ
MSN: 30368/2533
First flight: 2008-02-20 (5 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B24
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS) (   Netherlands)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
A Boeing 757-2B7 (WL) operated by US Airways, registered N202UW and a Boeing 737-8K2 (WL), operated by KLM and registered PH-BXZ, were damaged in a ground accident at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS), the Netherlands.
Visibility at Schiphol Airport was poor as flight US798 landed at 08:45 hours local time. The Boeing 757 taxied from runway 18R to the D pier and was cleared to taxi to gate D51. A Boeing 757 size jet is only allowed to park at D51 when position D49 is not taken. The gate management system erroneously showed D49 was not used. In fact, a delayed KLM flight was still parked at D49. The ground handling crew were not aware of the fact that D49 should have been in use, because the US Airways flight was rarely parked at D51.
While taxiing into position at the gate, the right hand outer wing sheared off the left hand winglet of the parked Boeing 737-800. The B757 sustained minor damage to the wing leading edge.

Probable Cause:

No full formal investigation was carried out by the Dutch Safety Board.

Ground collision
Damaged on the ground

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Distance from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to Roma-Fiumicino Airport as the crow flies is 1287 km (805 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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