ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFH Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 5 August 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic B77L model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 777-FDZ
Operator:Qatar Airways Cargo
Registration: A7-BFH
MSN: 42298/1284
First flight: 2015-02-26 (7 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 General Electric GE90-115B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Departure airport:Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
A Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 struck a lighting pole during taxi at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD). The right-hand wing leading edge suffered a serious dent.
The flight crew had been instructed to taxi to the northeast cargo ramp via taxiway K, BB and Z and to hold short of runway 09R.
The controller then instructed the flight to go via taxiway BB2. However, about 28 m to the right of the centreline of this taxiway there was a lighting pole. The B777 wing span was 64,80 (32,40 m from centre to wing tip).

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: The ground controller’s inappropriate routing of the B777 through a non-movement area, resulting in the airplane’s right wingtip contacting a light pole. Contributing to the accident was the lack of an appropriate display of taxiway BB2 as a restricted movement area on the ASDE-X and the flight crew’s acceptance of ATC instruction that was contrary to NOTAM information."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 263 days (9 months)
Accident number: DCA22LA175
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 970 km (606 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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