NTSB Identification: CHI91IA144.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43745.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
Incident occurred Thursday, April 25, 1991 in CHICAGO, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: BOEING 727-223, registration: N6815
Injuries: 119 Uninjured.

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

N6815 WAS PUSHED BACK FROM GATE H-3 INTO THE GATE ALLEY. AS THE AIRPLANE WAS BEING TURNED OUT TO TAXI FOR TAKEOFF, THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZER CONTACTED THE ELEVATOR OF ANOTHER BOEING 727 WHICH WAS PARKED AT GATE H-1. THE FLIGHT CREW OF N6815 HAD RECEIVED A RELEASE SALUTE FROM THE GROUND CREW PRIOR TO THE TAXI.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE GROUND CREW TO PROPERLY ALIGN THE AIRPLANE IN THE GATE ALLEY DURING THE PUSH BACK FROM THE GATE.

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