Accident Boeing 777-223ER N781AN,
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Date:Sunday 6 November 2005
Time:12:38 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B772 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 777-223ER
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: N781AN
MSN: 29586/266
Year of manufacture:2000
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 279
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An American Airlines Boeing 777-223ER (N781AN) and a Turkish Airlines Airbus A340-300 (TC-JDK) suffered a ground collision accident in the Holding Area for runway 27L at London Heathrow Airport

Aircraft entering the Holding Area prior to departure from runway 27L initially follow a single yellow taxiway centreline, which splits into two parallel lines within the holding area. This is wide enough for two ‘heavy/widebody’ aircraft to position side by side when lined up on the parallel lines.

Prior to departure, the Boeing 777 was holding, in turn, at N2W behind a Boeing 737-800 in the Holding Area. Whilst in this position, the Airbus A340 was instructed to taxi to N2E. As it passed behind the B777, the A340’s right winglet made contact with the B777’s left elevator and its left wing tip. The A340 had not reached the section of the line parallel to that upon which the B777 was parked.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2005/11/02
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
9 June 2015 N781AN American Airlines 0 Narita International Airport (NRT/RJAA) min
Fuel starvation

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