Tue, Apr 12, 2011
Smaller Aircraft Was Spun Around By The Impact, No Injuries
An Air France A380 (F-HPJD) taxiing for takeoff collided with a
Comair Bombardier CRJ-700 (N641CA) taxiing to
a gate at JFK International Airport Monday night,
causing the regional jet to spin violently about 90 degrees.
A380 File Photo
The event was
captured on video at the airport. Sources indicate no one
on board either aircraft was injured. In the video, the left wing
of the airbus can be seen hitting the the vertical stabilizer of
the CRJ, and the smaller plane lurching to the right from the
camera's point of view. "Roll the emergency trucks at Mike," one of
the Comair pilots radioed after the collision. "We've been hit by
Air France." The conversation was captured by liveatc.net.
Preliminary information from the NTSB indicates that at 8:25 PM
EDT, the left wing tip of Air France flight 7 struck the left
horizontal stabilizer of Comair flight 293 while the Comair
airplane was taxiing to its gate. There were 485 passengers and 25
crew onboard the Airbus and 52 passengers and 4 crew onboard the
CRJ. No injuries were reported on either aircraft.
The NTSB has requested the fight recorders (cockpit voice
recorder and flight data recorder) from both aircraft and will
review the content of those devices as part of the investigation.
Also, the NTSB will review the air traffic control tapes and ground
movement radar data (ASDE-X). The damage sustained to both aircraft
is still being assessed.
Parties to this investigation include the Federal Aviation
Administration, Comair, and the Air Line Pilots Association. Also,
accredited representatives from the French Bureau d'Enquetes et
d'Analyses (BEA), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB),
and their advisors from Airbus, Air France, and Bombardier
Aerospace, are assisting the investigation.
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