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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220906
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:17-JAN-2019
Time:20:57 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Owner/operator:Ryanair
Registration: EI-DHW
MSN: 33823/1819
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML) -   Malta
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport (BRI/LIBD)
Destination airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML)
Investigating agency: BAAI Malta
Narrative:
Turkish Airlines flight TK1372, a Boeing 737-800 (TC-JHM) was taxiing for departure and was instructed to hold on taxiway C. At the same time Ryanair flight FR9874 from Bari, a Boeing 737-800 (EI-DHW) was taxiing to the apron after landing.
The aircraft struck the elevator of the TK1372 with its wingtip and proceeded to the stand.


The Bureau of Air Accidents Investigations (BAAI Malta) has determined the probable cause of this incident to be TC-JHM holding further back (22 meters) from the designated holding position on holding point “Delta”, and the EI-DHW proceeding to taxi on taxiway “Charlie” behind it after receiving clearance by ATC.
It must be emphasised that it is the pilots’ ultimate responsibility to ensure the safety of the aircraft and an ATC clearance should only be executed if it is safe to do so. While holding positions should be strictly adhered to, the decision to proceed with any ATC clearance lies with the pilot in command.

Sources:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/92317/ryanair_plane_strikes_planes_wingtip_at_malta_international_a#.XEF89sKWydI
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ei-dhw

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BAAI Malta
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of EI-DHW courtesy AirHistory.net


Manchester - International (EGCC / MAN)
25 August 2021; (c) Shaun Connor


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Jan-2019 07:22 gerard57 Added
18-Jan-2019 08:09 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Jan-2019 10:35 harro Updated [Location, Photo]
05-Sep-2020 12:00 harro Updated [Date, Time, Cn, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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