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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 165418
Last updated: 30 November 2020
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Date:13-NOV-2008
Time:05:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200LR
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlink
Registration: N8698A
C/n / msn: 7698
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport, MI (DTW) -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)
Destination airport:Detroit, MI (DTW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On November 14, 2008, a Bombardier CL-600-2B19 was involved in a collision during taxi with a ground tug with a small luggage cart attached. The tug driver received minor injuries but none of the 17 passengers, two pilots and 1 flight attendant were injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The weather at the time included a visibility of 4 miles in fog. It was dark with light rain at the time of the accident.

The ramp agent driving the tug stated that the left side curtain of his tug was open and the right side was covered with a fabric zip-on cover with a clear plastic panel for a window. He had his windshield wipers on. He did not see any aircraft prior to the collision. As he proceeded across an intersecting taxiway, he heard airplane engines nearby, and was surprised. He remembered seeing a glimpse of an airplane fuselage immediately before hearing a loud "crunch" noise prior to impacting the airplane.
Probable Cause: The lack of vigilance on the part of the ramp agent driving the baggage tug. Contributing factors include the night conditions, and low visibility due to fog and rain.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20081113X92722&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Apr-2014 06:46 Katonk2014 Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 12:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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