Accident Bombardier CRJ-900ER N932LR, Monday 4 May 2015
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Date:Monday 4 May 2015
Time:14:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bombardier CRJ-900ER
Owner/operator:Mesa Airlines, opf American Eagle
Registration: N932LR
MSN: 15032
Year of manufacture:2005
Total airframe hrs:24875 hours
Engine model:General Electric CF34-8C5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX) -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ)
Destination airport:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On May 4, 2015, at about 1410 UTC time, Mesa Airlines flight 5612, a CRJ900, N932LR, collided with a parked US Airways B757, while taxiing in the gate area of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX).  The left horizontal stabilizer of the CRJ900 was substantially damaged when it struck the left winglet of the B757.  There were no injuries to the 81 passengers and crew onboard the CRJ900.  The B757 received minor damage and there were no persons aboard. Flight 5612 was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Par 121 as a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Albuquerque International Sunport (KABQ), Albuquerque, New Mexico, to KPHX.

After landing in KABQ, the crew were notified via ACARS that their arrival gate had changed from B7 to B21.  After arriving at the gate area, the crew inadvertently lined up with gate B23 and awaited marshallers.  As the marshallers arrived, the crew noticed that they were aligned with the wrong gate and that a left turn to enter gate B21 was not possible due to ground obstructions. As a result, the flight crew decided to perform a right turn to return to the ramp area and then enter gate B23.  The B757 was parked to the right of the CRJ900 at gate B25, and was aligned at about a 45 degree angle relative to the other parking configurations. As they reached approximately 90 degrees in the turn, the first officer (FO) advised the captain they were getting too close to the wing of the B757.  The captain proceeded to slowly complete the right turn to exit the gate but the flight crew then felt a shudder and the FO noted possible damage to the winglet of the B757.  The CRJ900 continued its taxi to the proper gate and all passengers deplaned normally.  After engine shutdown, the captain exited the airplane to assess any damage to the CRJ900 and noticed the horizontal stabilizer leading edge was substantially damaged.

Probable Cause: the CRJ900 captain's misjudgment of the clearance between their horizontal stabilizer and the B757 winglet.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA15CA118
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report




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