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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 31 octobre 2006
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-430
Immatriculation: D-ABVY
Numéro de série: 29869/1261
Année de Fabrication: 2000
Heures de vol:32204
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 18
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 294
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 312
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au roulage (TXI)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Allemagne
Numéro de vol:LH403
A Boeing 747-400, operated by Lufthansa as flight LH403, incurred substantial damage when its left wingtip impacted the right wingtip of a Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 that was under tow, but stopped, at Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), New Jersey. None of the 18 crewmembers and 294 passengers onboard LH403 were injured. There was no one onboard the B757 and the tug driver and radio operator were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed.
The accident occurred in the vicinity of the intersection of taxiways A and S. The B747 crew was not aware of the B757 in tow. The captain indicated that the accident occurred in an area where the B757 in tow was backlit by apron lights, and that the crew's attention was diverted to another B757 ahead that they had been instructed to follow. The B757 in tow, which had been taxiing ahead of the B747 prior to reaching the diverging taxiways, had received its taxi instructions prior to the B747 crew being on the frequency. Some taxiways were mislabeled on a Federal Aviation Administration airport diagram; however, the mislabeling did not affect the outcome of the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the Boeing 747 crew to maintain an adequate visual lookout. Contributing to the accident were the night lighting conditions, the back lighting from the apron lights, and the crew's diverted attention in focusing on a Boeing 757 that they were instructed to follow."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: NYC07LA017
Download report: Summary report
Language: English


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ et Frankfurt International Airport est de 6167 km (3854 miles).

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