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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 2 April 2021
Type:Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Operator:Malta Air
Registration: 9H-QCJ
MSN: 62690/5843
First flight: 2016-03-22 (5 years )
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26E
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) (   Malta)
Phase: Pushback / towing (PBT)
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
A Boeing 737-800, 9H-QCJ, was being repositioned from Apron 8 to Apron 2 at Malta-Luqa Airport under tow. The aircraft was pushed back from Stand 2 onto taxiway I and the tow proceeded along taxiway I and taxiway J, crossing runway 23. As the tow truck turned onto taxiway K, the tow bar became detached and the aircraft proceeded straight, entering the cargo and GSE Area and coming to rest against a bank of 4 fuel bowsers parked side by side.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BAAI Malta
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: BAAI/ACR-002-2021

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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