Loss of pressurization Accident Embraer EMB-120ER N299UX, Monday 2 June 2003
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Date:Monday 2 June 2003
Time:16:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Embraer EMB-120ER
Owner/operator:Great Lakes Aviation Ltd
Registration: N299UX
MSN: 120299
Total airframe hrs:15157 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN) -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dickinson Airport, ND (DIK/KDIK)
Destination airport:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot, he was "following the ramp agent's marshalling signals" while parking the airplane. He initiated a right turn as signaled and stopped when he lost sight of the ramp agent. The ramp agent had bent down to move a set of wheel chocks. The ramp agent "came back into [the pilot's] view after a few seconds and gave [him] the command to continue [his] right turn." Once the turn was initiated, it "became difficult to move [the airplane] without having to use more power than should be required." The pilot stopped the airplane and upon exiting, discovered that the airplane had come in contact with one of the ramp vehicles." The airplane's right aft fuselage was crushed inward puncturing the aft cabin pressure bulkhead. The tug operator stated he had observed the airplane stop and thought it was finished parking and ready for service. He positioned the tug and baggage cart behind the airplane to unload baggage. The airplane began to move again and he was unable to move the tug before the collision occurred. The ramp agent did not see the tug move in behind the airplane prior to re-initiating the airplane turn.

Probable Cause: the ground personnel's failure to maintain aircraft/ground vehicle clearance, resulting in the collision. Contributing factors include ground communications not coordinated by the ground personnel and the airport vehicle.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DEN03LA096
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

28 November 2005 N299UX Great Lakes Aviation 0 Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN) min

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