Wednesday, September 13, 2017

United Airlines, Boeing 737-900, N69813 -and- Air Canada, Boeing 767-375, C-GHOZ: Accident occurred September 12, 2017 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

N69813 Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

N69813  Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N69813

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Accident Number: DCA17CA195A
Date & Time: 09/12/2017, 1310 PDT
Registration: N69813
Aircraft: BOEING 737-924ER
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 140 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Scheduled 

On September 12, 2017, at 1310 pacific daylight time, United Airlines flight 447, a Boeing 737, N69813, collided with Air Canada flight 785, a Boeing 767, C-GHOZ, while taxiing on taxiway C near gate 69B at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles, California. Both aircraft were regularly scheduled passenger flights and there were no injuries aboard either airplane. The right winglet of the B737 had minor damage and the right horizontal stabilizer of the B767 was substantially damaged.

The B767 was being marshaled onto gate 69B and was instructed to stop approximately 15 feet short of the stop line because it is normally a tow-in gate. The flight crew shut down the engines and awaited the ground crew to hook up the tow bar. There are white lines painted around each gate area to aid ground vehicles driving on the ramp. The B767 tail protruded beyond the white lines perpendicular to, and adjacent to, taxiway C.

The B737 was taxiing out for departure via taxiway C in accordance with ATC instructions. The captain reported that he saw the B767 and maneuvered left of centerline for more clearance. He asked the first officer (FO), who was heads down making FMS entries, to look and verify if they had enough clearance. The FO reported he saw that the B767 was hooked up to the tug but wasn't sure if it was being towed. He judged that there was about 5 feet of clearance. He said he saw no action by the marshallers indicating they thought the airplanes were too close.

As the airplane continued taxiing, the right winglet of the B737 contacted the horizontal stabilizer of the B767. The flight crew reported that they did not feel an impact but were told by ATC that the collision had occurred. The B737 returned to the gate and deplaned passengers normally. The B767 was towed into the gate and deplaned passengers normally.

Surveillance video from Gate 69B was obtained and captured the event. The B737 nosewheel was tracking along the yellow centerline of taxiway C. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 47
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:  Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/18/2017
Flight Time:  25000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2760 hours (Total, this make and model), 20000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 210 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age:
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used:  5-point
Instrument Rating(s):
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:  Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  04/18/2017
Flight Time:  8100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1320 hours (Total, this make and model), 220 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BOEING
Registration: N69813
Model/Series: 737-924ER 924
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: 43531
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 187
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/28/2017,
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 174198 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2
Airframe Total Time:  13045 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CFM INTL
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: CFM56-7B27E
Registered Owner: United Airlines
Rated Power: 0 hp
Operator: United Airlines
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:  
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point:  Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  IFR
Destination: San Francisco, CA (SFO)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:  PDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 0 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used:  N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 7 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 133 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 140 None
Latitude, Longitude:  33.000000, -118.000000 (est)

C-GHOZ  Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

C-GHOZ  Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Accident Number: DCA17CA195B
Date & Time: 09/12/2017, 1310 PDT
Registration: C-GHOZ
Aircraft: Boeing 767-375
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 129: Foreign 

On September 12, 2017, at 1310 pacific daylight time, United Airlines flight 447, a Boeing 737, N69813, collided with Air Canada flight 785, a Boeing 767, C-GHOZ, while taxiing on taxiway C near gate 69B at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles, California. Both aircraft were regularly scheduled passenger flights and there were no injuries aboard either airplane. The right winglet of the B737 had minor damage and the right horizontal stabilizer of the B767 was substantially damaged.

The B767 was being marshaled onto gate 69B and was instructed to stop approximately 15 feet short of the stop line because it is normally a tow-in gate. The flight crew shut down the engines and awaited the ground crew to hook up the tow bar. There are white lines painted around each gate area to aid ground vehicles driving on the ramp. The B767 tail protruded beyond the white lines perpendicular to, and adjacent to, taxiway C.

The B737 was taxiing out for departure via taxiway C in accordance with ATC instructions. The captain reported that he saw the B767 and maneuvered left of centerline for more clearance. He asked the first officer (FO), who was heads down making FMS entries, to look and verify if they had enough clearance. The FO reported he saw that the B767 was hooked up to the tug but wasn't sure if it was being towed. He judged that there was about 5 feet of clearance. He said he saw no action by the marshallers indicating they thought the airplanes were too close.

As the airplane continued taxiing, the right winglet of the B737 contacted the horizontal stabilizer of the B767. The flight crew reported that they did not feel an impact but were told by ATC that the collision had occurred. The B737 returned to the gate and deplaned passengers normally. The B767 was towed into the gate and deplaned passengers normally.

Surveillance video from Gate 69B was obtained and captured the event. The B737 nosewheel was tracking along the yellow centerline of taxiway C. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 63
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:  Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/15/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/24/2017
Flight Time:  15343 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7758 hours (Total, this make and model), 7758 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 186.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 72.32 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 47
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):  Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:  Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/10/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  08/03/2017
Flight Time:  6865.06 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3473.57 hours (Total, this make and model), 3385 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 87.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 51.35 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5.08 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Boeing
Registration: C-GHOZ
Model/Series: 767-375 375
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1989
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 24087
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 223
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/23/2017,
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 400004 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  2
Airframe Total Time:  120692 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT:  C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:  Air Canada
Rated Power:
Operator: Air Canada
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Foreign Air Carrier (129) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point:  Toronto, ON (CYYZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 0 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A

Latitude, Longitude:  33.000000, -118.000000 (est)

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