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Hull-loss description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 14 July 2011
Time:22:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT72 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-202
Operator:Eurolot
Registration: SP-LFH
C/n / msn: 478
First flight: 1995-04-23 (16 years 3 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW124B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Warszawa-Frédéric Chopin Airport (WAW) (   Poland)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wroclaw-Strachowice Airport (WRO/EPWR), Poland
Destination airport:Warszawa-Frédéric Chopin Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Flightnumber:3850
Narrative:
An ATR-72, registration SP-LFH, was damaged in a collision with a baggage vehicle at Warszawa-Frédéric Chopin Airport (WAW), Poland. The driver of the vehicle sustained serious injuries.
The ATR-72 had just arrived from Wroclaw as flight ELO3850. The airplane had arrived on the platform when it was approached by a vehicle pulling baggage carts. The vehicle ran into the no. 2 engine, which was still running. Three propeller blades separated. One of the blades punctured the fuselage of the airplane.

Probable Cause:

Cause of the accident:
Inadequate observation of the Movement Area by the "Mulag" tractor operator.

Contributing factors:
1. Heavy rain and lightning.
2. Light reflections on the aerodrome surface which hindered observation .
3. Construction of the "Mulag" tractor cab, the left post of which could partially or completelyobscure the airplane
4. Short distance between a service road and taxiway "O2"

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: SCAAI Poland
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: 835/2011
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Sources:
» Willis Airline Insurance Insight, July 2011
» Pasazer.com


Follow-up / safety actions

SCAAI issued 7 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Wroclaw-Strachowice Airport to Warszawa-Frédéric Chopin Airport as the crow flies is 303 km (189 miles).

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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