Friday, July 06, 2018

Ground Collision: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N208EE, accident occurred July 04, 2018 at O'Hare International Airport (KORD), Chicago, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Chicago, Illinois

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chicago, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA409
Date & Time: 07/04/2018, 0723 CDT
Registration: N208EE
Aircraft: Cessna 208
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Scheduled


The manager of regulatory compliance for the operator reported that a service truck had impacted the airplane, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing. He added that the first officer was on the ground and that the captain was in the terminal at the time of impact.

The Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) inspector reported that the flight crew reported that the captain was on-board the airplane and that the first officer was on the ground at the time of impact. The airplane was scheduled to depart in 1 hour, and they were preparing to fuel the airplane.

The FAA inspector added that the service truck driver reported that he was crossing the taxiway on the zipper road, and as he approached the main terminal road, a bag cart tug pulled out in front of him, causing him to swerve into the parked airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The manager reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The service truck driver's evasive maneuver to avoid a bag cart tug, which resulted in the truck impacting a parked airplane.


Personnel issues
Use of equip/info - Ground crew (Cause)
Task monitoring/vigilance - Ground crew (Cause)

Environmental issues
Ground vehicle - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight
Ground collision (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 26, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s):Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/07/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1506 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1211 hours (Total, this make and model), 536 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 261 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 86 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N208EE
Model/Series: 208 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2006 
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 208B1213
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/27/2018, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8752 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 6800 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: P&W Canada
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-114A
Registered Owner: Multi-Aero Inc
Rated Power:675 hp 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As: Air Choice One
Operator Designator Code: MUIA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KORD, 674 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1351 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 317°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ironwood, MI (IWD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Chicago, IL (ORD)
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 0420 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 680 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.974167, -87.907778 (est)

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