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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161249
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Embraer ERJ-140
Owner/operator:Chautauqua Airlines Inc
Registration: N377SK
MSN: 145579
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 47
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Dubuque Regional Airport, Iowa (DBQ) -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dubuque, IA (DBQ)
Destination airport:Dubuque, IA (DBQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flightcrew was preparing the airplane for departure from the gate. The nose wheel was still chocked, the auxiliary power unit was running, and the engines were not operating. The gate agent had moved the jet bridge about 20 to 25 feet from the airplane, when a strong wind gust pushed the jet bridge back into the airplane, which created about a 20-inch gash in the fuselage below the captainís window. The airport had deactivated the brake system on the jet bridge during the winter months since the brakes would routinely freeze. The gate agents who were operating the jet bridge attempted to keep it from being blown into the airplane, but with the brake system deactivated, they were unable to do so. The Emergency Stop was inoperable when the brakes were deactivated. When the Emergency Stop button was pushed, the brakes would not engage. Pushing the Emergency Stop button also cut the power to the control panel so moving the joystick had no effect. After the incident occurred, the airport had the brake system activated, and the jet bridge operated normally.
Probable Cause: The airport authorities' improper decision to deactivate the jet bridge braking system which created an unsafe condition by the gate agents not being able to stop the bridge from impacting the airplane during a wind gust.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


Hole in the fuselage were the jet bridge struck the aircraft (photo: NTSB)

Revision history:

05-Oct-2013 17:48 harro Added
02-Dec-2015 20:33 junior sjc Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 18:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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