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Accident description
Last updated: 19 August 2018
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 22 October 2014
Time:19:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-232 (WL)
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N67171
C/n / msn: 30839/959
First flight: 2001-03-29 (13 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW2037
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 182
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 190
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Narrative:
An Embraer ERJ-170 had been pushed back from gate G4 and positioned facing northwest on taxiway B with its parking brake set. A Boeing 757-232 (WL) operated by Delta Airlines was taxiing along taxiway A and the captain reported that he observed the ERJ-170 and ground personnel, however, it was difficult to judge the distance so he offset his taxi to the left to "be on the safe side". He reported the presence of the wing walker gave him "a false sense of security." The wing walker reported he signaled with his lighted
wands for the B757 to stop but it was too late and the airplanes collided. The left wing spar of the ERJ-170 was fractured, resulting in substantial damage, and the B757 experienced minor damage to its right wing leading edge slat. In the vicinity of the collision, taxiway B has a distinct bend which brings it closer to taxiway A. Weather at the time of the event was reported as night visual conditions.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The B757 Captain's failure to maintain a safe clearance between his wing and the wingtip of the ERJ-170. Contributing to the accident was the positioning of the ERJ-170 by the Compass ground personnel."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Accident number: DCA15CA012B
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Ground collision

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 2450 km (1531 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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