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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 11 May 2016
Time:08:34
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-214
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-GKXJ
C/n / msn: 1900
First flight: 2002-11-05 (13 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B4/P
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 59
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) (   France)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France
Destination airport:Tunis-Carthage Airport (TUN/DTTA), Tunisia
Flightnumber:AF1084
Narrative:
Air France flight AF1084 was taxiing towards the departure runway at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The aircraft, an Airbus A320,
used taxiway R and was instructed to stop at T4 and wait behind an Airbus A319.
At the same time, an Air France Boeing 777-300ER, F-GZNT, was being towed to remote parking spot M10. The tug driver was instructed to stop behind the A320. After a few minutes the controller radioed the person in the flight deck of the 777 if they were able to pass the A320. He in turn contacted the tug driver, who reported that he would move slowly and pass the A320.
During this manoeuvre the wing tip struck the rudder of the A320.

BEA stated that this accident and previous accidents have shown that it may be difficult to assess the distances between the end wing tips and obstacles from the cockpit or from a tug.

Probable Cause:

The final report did not contain a Probable Cause statement.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 204 days (7 months)
Accident number: BEA2016-0277
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Ground collision


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Distance from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Tunis-Carthage Airport as the crow flies is 1477 km (923 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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