Stay Seated Until The Airplane Stops.
A hydraulics system
failure may have led to a ground collision between two Northwest
Airlines Jets near the gate at MSP Tuesday night at 1945 CDT.
A DC-9 apparently lost its steering or braking capability as the
plane taxied to the terminal building. It impacted the right wing
of a much bigger Airbus 319 after running under the tail.
Four crewmembers on the DC-9 were injured, including the captain
and first officer. Two ground workers were also injured in the
incident. A section of the DC-9 roof peeled back and the Airbus
wing was damaged, spilling a puddle of jet fuel a few hundred feet
wide. Passengers were evacuated from both planes.
The NTSB sent an investigator from Chicago up to investigate the
scene. "We're waiting for his report back to us.... We may be
sending some other investigators out there depending on what he
tells us, and we'll be bringing the recorders from both airplanes
back here for readout,'' said Paul Schlamm, an agency spokesman in
Washington, to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The planes were separated and towed to hangars around 0130
according to media reports.
"Once we got close to the terminal, everyone was just kind of
waiting to pop the belt and start getting off the plane,'' Toray
Henry, a DC-9 passenger from Columbus, told KSTP-TV. "It seemed
like it kind of surged into the other plane. We knew that it hit
another plane, and that's why I think most of us were concerned
about an explosion.''
FAA Preliminary Accident Report
Make/Model: A319 Description:
Date: 05/11/2005 Time: 0035
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
City: MINNEAPOLIS State: MN Country:
NORTHWEST AIRLINES, NWA1849, AN AIRBUS 319 ACFT, WAS STRUCK
IN THE REAR
SECTION OF THE ACFT BY ANOTHER ACFT, NWA 1495, INJURIES ARE
UNKNOWN, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 0 Fat:
0 Unk: Y
# Pass: 0
Fat: 0 Ser:
0 Unk: Y
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: 23010KT 10SM -RA BKN039 BKN050 0VC110 16/13 A2991
Activity: Business Phase:
Standing Operation: Air Carrier
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Entry date: 05/11/2005