NTSB Identification: NYC98LA013.
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Scheduled 14 CFR (D.B.A. USAIR EXPRESS )
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 15, 1997 in PITTSBURGH, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/15/1999
Aircraft: Beech 1900D, registration: N162ZV
Injuries: 2 Minor,14 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 First Officer was taxiing the airplane to the gate after landing. The airplane was traveling south on a taxiway when the Captain noticed a baggage tug approaching on an access road perpendicular to the taxiway from the left, traveling west. The Captain applied the brakes to stop the airplane; however, the tug continued and collided with the airplane's left wing. The tug driver said he may have lost consciousness after striking a bump in the access road. The police reported the bump was at the point where the access road intersected the taxiway, and the intersection was controlled by a stop sign on the access road. The Police Officer issued a citation to the tug driver for violation of a county ordinance, which stated, 'Aircraft always have the right-of-way in the AOA. Vehicles needing to traverse an AOA ramp shall...obey all posted signage.'

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

the tug driver's failure to obey a stop sign and his failure to yield right-of-way to the airplane.

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