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Last updated: 20 November 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 12 September 2017
Time:20:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia
Operator:Air Charter Express
Registration: N121CZ
C/n / msn: 120350
First flight: 1999
Total airframe hrs:33531
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Greeley-Weld County Airport, CO (GXY) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Greeley-Weld County Airport, CO (GXY/KGXY), United States of America
Destination airport:Oxford-University Airport, MS (UOX/KUOX), United States of America
Narrative:
An Embraer EMB-120 airplane, N121CZ, while standing on a ramp at the Greeley-Weld County Airport, Colorado, was struck by a bus. The airline transport pilot and two crewmembers on board the airplane were uninjured and the bus driver and 23 passengers on board the bus were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to its left aileron.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The bus driver's failure to maintain clearance from the standing airplane during dark night conditions. Contributing to the accident was the airport's lack of an escort for the bus."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 135 days (5 months)
Accident number: CEN17LA350
Download report: Summary report

Classification:

Sources:
» NTSB


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N121CZ previously operated for United Express
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Distance from Greeley-Weld County Airport, CO to Oxford-University Airport, MS as the crow flies is 1481 km (925 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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