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Accident
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Estado:Final
Fecha:martes 24 febrero 2015
Hora:06:12
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operador:FedEx Express
Registración: N989FX
Numéro de série: 208B-2403
Año de Construcción: 2012
Horas Totales de la Célula:1103
Motores: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Carreteando (TXI)
Naturaleza:Carga
Aeropuerto de Salida:Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI), Estados Unidos de América
Descripción:
A Cessna 208B, N989FX, was substantially damaged when its empennage struck the ground while taxiing at Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), Maryland. The pilot was not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Newark Liberty International (EWR), New Jersey and was destined for BWI.
Following an uneventful flight, the pilot landed the airplane on runway 33R at BWI, before exiting to the left onto taxiway J. The airplane then continued to taxi to the southwest and transitioned onto taxiway AA. As the airplane approached the intersection of the taxiway and a service road, a ground service vehicle approached from the airplane's right. The pilot applied the airplane's brakes and full reverse thrust, and the airplane came to a stop. The ground service vehicle passed in front of the airplane at an estimated distance of between two and three feet, and the vehicle and the airplane did not collide.
The pilot stated that the "hard" braking and reverse thrust application caused the nose landing gear strut to compress, resulting in a "spring effect that was multiplied by removing reverse thrust rapidly." The airplane then pitched up and the empennage struck the ground, resulting in substantial damage to the airframe. The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane's systems.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The ground service vehicle operator's failure to yield right of way to the airplane due to distraction, which necessitated the pilot's use of reverse thrust and braking to avoid a collision and resulted in the airplane's empennage striking the ground."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Accident number: ERA15LA135
Download report: Summary report

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Distance from Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD as the crow flies is 270 km (169 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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