Accident Airbus A330-243 OD-MEA, Friday 17 December 2010
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Date:Friday 17 December 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A330-243
Owner/operator:Middle East Airlines - MEA
Registration: OD-MEA
MSN: 984
Year of manufacture:2009
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG -   France
Phase: Pushback / towing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG)
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA)
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Airbus A330 was about to be pushed back from stand H12 at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
During the push back manoeuvre, the tractor driver tried to align the aircraft with the centre line of the taxiway. The aircraft crossed the centreline and came to rest in an off-centre position with the nose gear out of alignment.
The crew started the No. 1 engine, which stabilized at ground idle speed. After about one minute, the tractor driver attempted to pull the aircraft forward to align the nose gear wheels with the centreline. Almost simultaneously, the crew started the No. 2 engine.
As the tractor driver pulled the aircraft forward, the tractor lost traction when rolling on ice. The plane continued to advance by pushing the tractor.
The ground agent, in contact with the crew by wire, asked them to apply the parking brake. The plane continued to move forward and the tractor skidded to the left. The tow bar couplings broke and the tractor struck the side of the fuselage. The crew braked and the aircraft came to a stop.

The second engine speed stabilized as the tractor pulled the aircraft towards the front. The inertia of the aircraft and the thrust of both engines at idle exerted a forward force while the tractor, offset to the left, had lost all power adhesion.
The accident was caused by a pushback manoeuvre on icy ground.

Contributed to the accident:
- insufficient measures to prevent and/or treat ground ice storms;
- the particular configuration of the H12 parking point, which leaves little space for pushback;
- difficulties in understanding between ground staff and crew.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Report number: od-a101217
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 August 2011 OD-MEA MEA - Middle East Airlines 0 Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport (ABJ/DIAP) non
29 July 2020 OD-MEA Middle East Airlines - MEA 0 Lagos Murtala Mohammed International Airport min
Collision with other aircraft on apron

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