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Last updated: 18 September 2021
Datum:zaterdag 23 maart 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Wizz Air
Registratie: HA-LPL
Constructienummer: 3166
Bouwjaar: 2007-06-06 (11 years 10 months)
Motoren: 2 IAE V2527-A5
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 159
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 165
Schade: Licht
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Bristol Airport (BRS) (   Verenigd Koninkrijk)
Fase: Pushback (PBT)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Bristol Airport (BRS/EGGD), Verenigd Koninkrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW/EPKT), Polen
An Airbus A320 at Stand No 2 at Bristol Airport had been given clearance and was being made ready for pushback. The nosewheel steering bypass pin had been installed and the TLD 200MT lift tug was aligned with the aircraft nose landing gear main forging. The tug was being driven by a driver undergoing his first pushback in this model and type of tug, under the direct supervision of a trainer seated alongside in the cab.
The tug was being brought forward using its laser guidance system and joystick and was at the point where the 'paddles' close around the nosewheels. Whilst this was taking place the trainer observed movement of the nose gear followed by a bang.
The driver immediately stopped the procedure, the brakes were applied, and the trainer and driver exited the cab to investigate the cause of the bang. On inspection they found that the paddle on the left side of the aircraft had contacted, and damaged, the nut on the torque link centre pivot. There also was a significant witness mark on the paddle. They then informed the aircraft commander and the aircraft maintenance company. The scheduled flight was cancelled, and the aircraft taken out of service. There were no injuries reported by the passengers or the crews of the aircraft and tug.

Probable Cause:

It is not clear why the event occurred. The handling company confirmed that the training and knowledge of the requirement to align with the nosewheels was in place. However, in this case it is possible that a momentary lapse in concentration led to the system being aligned to the nose leg rather than the nose wheels. This error is likely to have gone unnoticed because the 10° to 15° offset of the nosewheels was not significant enough to indicate a problem.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 201 days (7 months)
Accident number: EW/G2019/03/11
Download report: Final report


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Bristol Airport en Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport bedraagt 1514 km (946 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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