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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173707
Last updated: 30 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-323
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: N273AY
C/n / msn: 337
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 172
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Stand 325, London Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Charlotte Airport, NC (CLT)
Destination airport:London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
After chocks applied, aircraft rolled forward and the left engine struck an air bridge. The A330 had arrived as flight US730 at London-Heathrow from Charlotte. According to the follwoing extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The commander taxied the aircraft onto Stand 325, under the direction of the stand’s parking guidance system. Upon observing a stop message on the guidance system he set the aircraft’s parking brake. After completing the aircraft’s shutdown procedure he observed an ok message. Believing chocks were in place he released the parking brake.

Having observed the parking brake light illuminate, initially the ground crew placed a chock behind the aircraft’s nose wheel. They then noticed the aircraft starting to move so quickly withdrew to a safe location. The commander heard “we are moving” so he “jumped” on the toe brakes and reset the parking brake.

At the time the commander was not aware the aircraft had hit anything. It was subsequently discovered that the front cowl of the left engine was damaged as a result of impacting the airbridge. There were no injuries. The aircraft had rolled about 0.4m, measured by the stand guidance system".




Photo of N273AY courtesy

Manchester - International (EGCC / MAN)
20 July 2009; (c) Alastair T. Gardiner

Revision history:

10-Feb-2015 19:11 harro Added
14-Aug-2015 15:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Oct-2015 02:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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