2015-12-01 Condor A321 hit light tower during taxi at Berlin-SXF

2015-12-01 Condor A321 hit light tower during taxi at Berlin-SXF
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2015-12-01 Condor A321 hit light tower during taxi at Berlin-SXF

Narrative

The aircraft received major damage when it hits a light tower whilst under tow at night.

The empty Airbus A321 was being repositioned to the maintenance ramp by a towing truck.

In darkness and light rain, but adequate visibility, the right wing collided with light tower.
The eight-ton metal tower lost its stability and tumbled over the foreward fuselage.
A ground technician received minor injuries.

According to undisclosed sources, the extent of structural damage to the foreward fuselage, may have exceeded the residual value of the aircraft.

METARS EDDB:
METAR EDDB 012350Z 21004KT 9000 -RADZ SCT012 OVC023 05/04 Q1023 TEMPO BKN012=
METAR EDDB 012320Z 22004KT 9999 -RA OVC038 05/04 Q1023 NOSIG=

NEW: The affected foreward fuselage section was replaced and the aircraft flew again on a testflight up to 39000 ft (FL 390), on 2016-08-31 after lenghy repairs. [Flightradar24 flightpath]
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OCCURENCE DATASET

Date: 2015-12-01 Time: ~23:00
Location: EDDB SXF Berlin Schoenefeld
Country: Germany
Flight phase: PBT – Pushback / Towing with engines not in operation
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight
Flight no.:
From: 0000/: NONE To: 0000/: NONE
Type: Ground
Operator: Condor Flugdienst

Aircraft
Type: Airbus A321
Registration: D-AIAF
Age a/c: 0.8 years
Constr. No.: 6459

Condor A321 D-AIAF damage after collision with light tower in Berlin Schoenefeld Airport

D-AIAF A321 structural damage

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Aircraft Involved

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 0 0 0 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 14th safety occurence for the operator
  • 128th safety occurence of type (A321)
  • 5th safety occurence a Berlin-SXF Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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Abbreviations

AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions