2016-02-17 AA B738 and WN B737 planes in ground collision at Detroit
Both aircraft received damage in a ground collision at Detroit-Metropolitan Airport. All persons inide both aircraft remained unhurt.
In pre-dawn darkness and light snowfall, American flight 1241 was to taxi to its de-icing position on the de-icng pad next to the northern end of runway 21R, when its right winglet came in contact with the Southwest 737-700 aircraft which was stationary at the time and already undergoing de-icing service.
The upper end of the right scraped below the right horizontal stabilizer of the Southwest aircraft leaving a long mark on the lower surface until it hit the auxiliary power (APU) unit exhaust unit.
Before the Aermican Airlines 737 was coming to a stop, the upper 20 cm of its winglet broke off.
The other 737 receivecd major damage to its tail as well.
Both 737 were able to proceed to the gates and all passengers deplaned normally.
There were no injuries.
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SPECI KDTW 171149Z 25003KT 3SM BR SCT011 OVC050 M02/M04 A3001 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 4=
METAR KDTW 171053Z 26005KT 3SM BR BKN012 OVC045 M02/M03 A3000 RMK AO2 SLP166 T10171033=
Date: 2016-02-17 Time: 06:00:00
Location: KDTW DTW Detroit-Metro International Airport
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: TXI – Taxi, Power Back
Damage to a/c: minor / substantial
Flight 1 (AA B738)
Flight no.: AA 1241
From: KDTW/DTW: Detroit-Metro International Airport To: KDFW/DFW: Dallas-Ft Worth
Operator: American Airlines
Flight 2 (WN 9)
Flight no.: WN 9
From: KDTW/DTW: Detroit-Metro International Airport To: KDAL/DAL: Dallas Love Field
Operator: Southwest Airlines
AERODROME CHART KDTW, DETROIT Metropolitan Airport, MI, USA
Type: Boeing 737-800
Age a/c: 2.8 years
Constr. No.: 31169
Type: Boeing 737-700
Age a/c: 15.4 years
Constr. No.: 29810
Occupants & Casualties
Flight 1 (AA B738)
Flight 2 (WN B737)
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 143th safety occurence for the operator (AA)
- 50th safety occurence for the operator (WN)
- 5th safety occurence of type (B737)
- 355th safety occurence of type (B738)
- 20th safety occurence a Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
- 1st safety occurence for both aircraft in question
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