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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173805
Last updated: 4 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-223
Owner/operator:Korean Air
Registration: HL7538
MSN: 222
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 146
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN/VYYY) -   Myanmar
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN/VYYY)
Destination airport:Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN/RKSI)
Investigating agency: MAIB
Korean Air flight KE472 (an Airbus A330-200, registration HL7538) was taxiing for departure at Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN) in Myanmar when the left hand wing tip clipped the tail of an ATR-72 of Bangkok Airways (HS-PGA). Apparently the crew did not notice this contact and took off from runway 03. The airplane climbed to FL270 until the control tower notified the crew that they had clipped another aircraft.
The flight crew decided to turn back to Yangon for a safety check. A safe landing was made on runway 21 about 00:35 hours local time.
The ATR-72 left hand elevator's leading edge was damaged.

Cause (from final report):
Ground Collision Occurrence (Serious Incident) was due to insufficient clearance between taxiway centre line and the parked aircraft.
There were several contributing factors:
- The airport was congested with 32 aircrafts for 20 parking stands.
- Bangkok Airways ATR72 parking position was not on a proper stand.
- Yangon airport apron management was closed.
- The insufficient lightings, and the dark night did not allow Korean Air pilots to look outside efficiently for obstacle.
- ATC cannot see the apron A because there is a building terminal in between.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation HL7538(1) issued by MAIB to Yangon Airport Ground Handling Company
Safety recommendation HL7538(2) issued by MAIB to Bangkok Airways
Safety recommendation HL7538(3) issued by MAIB to Korean Air
Safety recommendation HL7538(4) issued by MAIB to Yangon Airport
Safety recommendation HL7538(5) issued by MAIB to Yangon Airport
Safety recommendation HL7538(6) issued by MAIB to Yangon Airport ATC



Photo of HL7538 courtesy

Vienna - Schwechat (LOWW / VIE)
2 November 2019; (c) Alastair T. Gardiner

Revision history:

13-Feb-2015 19:48 harro Added
17-Feb-2015 19:30 harro Updated [Date, Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
21-Apr-2018 11:10 harro Updated [Damage, Narrative]

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