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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232417
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Time:17:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic E145 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer ERJ-145EP
Registration: G-SAJK
MSN: 145153
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 39
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:London Southend Airport -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Aberdeen-Dyce Airport (ABZ/EGPD)
Destination airport:London Southend Airport (SEN/EGMC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
An Embraer 145 landing at London Southend Airport ran over a general aviation towbar which had been dropped on the runway. No damage was caused to the aircraft. The investigation found that the towbar had fallen from a Cessna P210N (G-CDMH) which departed runway 23 at Southend Airport 30 minutes before.

AAIB Conclusion:
A general aviation towbar was inadvertently left attached to an aircraft because the pilot had been distracted by an earlier stressful event during his journey to the airport. The towbar dropped onto the runway during the departure and remained there for approximately 30 minutes, during which two other aircraft used the runway and a runway inspection was completed. A landing aircraft then ran over it. The towbar was inconspicuous because it did not have any reflective or other high visibility markings.


AAIB final report:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report



Photo of G-SAJK courtesy

Edinburgh (EGPH / EDI)
6 October 2021; (c) Lewis Grant

Revision history:

24-Jan-2020 20:28 harro Added
05-Feb-2020 22:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]

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