NTSB Identification: NYC97LA095.
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Scheduled 14 CFR DELTA AIR LINES INC.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 13, 1997 in FLUSHING, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-88, registration: N984DL
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor,111 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 was parked at its gate and boarding passengers. An 18 wheel tractor-trailer had been parked between gates 5 and 6 at LaGuardia Airport, to deliver tires. When the driver of the truck was advised that he would have to move the vehicle due to an airplane inbound for gate 5, he got into the truck and moved it without a ground guide. A witness observed the driver steer the truck cab around which then hit the right wing tip of the MD-88. The airplane pivoted around the main gear which were chocked, and the nose moved approximately 4 1/2 feet to the right, away from the jetway. A passenger was stepping from the jetway into the airplane, when the airplane moved, and the passenger fell 8 feet to the ground.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The vehicle's driver failure to maintain adequate clearance from and resulted in a collision with a parked aircraft.

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