Accident British Aerospace BAe-146-300 G-JEBE, Saturday 6 May 2000
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Date:Saturday 6 May 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic B463 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
British Aerospace BAe-146-300
Owner/operator:Jersey European Airways
Registration: G-JEBE
MSN: E3206
Year of manufacture:1991
Engine model:Lycoming ALF 502-R5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 110
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Substantially damaged 6-5-2000 when a steel plate, covering a trench, collapsed during taxying at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, Birmingham. Aircraft fell into the trench, damaging the undercarriage. Per the AAIB report, the aircraft ended up "resting on No,4 engine and main landing gear doors". Of the 110 persons on board (6 crew and 104 passengers), no passengers were injured, but 3 of the 6 crew received slight injuries. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report:

"Following a normal push back from Stand 57 at Birmingham Airport at 11:44 hours, taxi clearance was received from Birmingham Ground Traffic Control. Immediately following brake release, the right main landing gear descended into a trench covered by flat steel plates. The aircraft lurched violently to the right with the number 4 engine nacelle coming to rest on the taxiway surface.

The Commander ordered all four engines to be shutdown and the 'Emergency Evacuation' drills to be carried out, in accordance with the Emergency Checklist. As there were no signs of fire or smoke (confirmed by the Number 1 cabin attendant), the Commander decided not to discharge the fire extinguishers and an emergency evacuation was not ordered.

The cabin crew asked the passengers to remain calm and stay in their seats. Simultaneously with, what the crew thought was the apparent collapse of the right main landing gear, the first officer requested the airfield Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (RFFS) on Birmingham Ground Traffic Control frequency. After consultation with the RFFS, passenger steps were brought to the aircraft, and the passengers disembarked through the front and rear left hand side exits in an orderly manner.

The passengers were then taken by bus to the airport lounge. There were no injuries to passengers, but three cabin attendants, who were standing or moving at the rear of the aircraft following the safety brief demonstration, suffered very minor injuries.

The cause of the accident was the failure of one or more of the large steel plates, which were covering the trench, to support the load imposed upon them by the right main landing gear of the aircraft. The plates had not been secured to the surface of taxiway Victor, adjacent to Stand 57, and no temporary in filling of the trench with sand bags or other material to give support to the plates had been completed."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2000/05/05
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Jersey European Airways British Aerospace BAe-146-300 G-JEBE at London Luton Airport (LTN) 23-6-2000: Jersey European BAe 146-300

Revision history:

08-Jul-2016 12:33 Dr.John Smith Added
08-Jul-2016 12:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Phase]
08-Jul-2016 12:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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