Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary DCA21LA226

Asheville, NC, USA

Aircraft #1




According to the flight crew, after pushback they received instructions from the ground controller to hold their position due to a 30-minute delay before takeoff. While they were holding, a fuel truck began backing up in their direction without the assistance of marshallers. The captain attempted to get the drivers attention by flashing the airplane’s landing lights. However, the fuel truck driver continued backing up and struck the airplane resulting in substantial damage to an area under the first officer’s window. The captain immediately shut down the right engine and made a public address announcement for the passengers to remain seated. Post-accident inspection revealed a hole in the forward fuselage of the airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The fuel truck driver backing up in the direction of the airplane without the use of marshallers.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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