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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 30 May 2012
Time:13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic E135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer ERJ-140 (ERJ-135KL)
Operator:American Eagle
Registration: N834AE
C/n / msn: 145631
First flight: 2002
Total airframe hrs:24059
Engines: 2 Allison AE3007A1/3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Springfield-Branson Regional Airport, MO (SGF/KSGF), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Flightnumber:4265
Narrative:
An Embraer EMB-135KL, registration N834AE, operated by American Eagle Airlines as flight 4265, experienced substantial damage to the rudder and vertical stabilizer when it was struck by a Boeing 747-400, registration B-16481, operated by EVA Air as flight 661, while the 747 was taxiing at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), IL. The Embraer was entering the ramp area and awaiting ground personnel to guide it to gate G20. The tail section was protruding into taxiway A. The 747 was taxiing westbound on taxiway A in the vicinity of A12 when the right wingtip contacted the Embraer's rudder and vertical stabilizer. There was minor wingtip and slat damage to the 747. There were no injuries to the 3 crew and 18 passengers on the Embraer or the 3 crew on the 747.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The 747 flight crew's failure to maintain a safe clearance with the EMB-135 that was stopped on a taxiway."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 10 months
Accident number: DCA12CA082B
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Ground collision

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Springfield-Branson Regional Airport, MO to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 700 km (438 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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