NTSB Identification: NYC90LA132A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42569.
Scheduled 14 CFR ALITALIA SPA
Accident occurred Saturday, June 16, 1990 in JAMAICA, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1992
Aircraft: BOEING 747-230, registration: IDEMC
Injuries: 133 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.
A BOEING 747-230 (ALITALIA FLT 608, REG NO: I-DEMC) WAS IN A RIGHT TURN AS ITS CREW TRIED TO PASS BEHIND A STOPPED FOKKER F.28 MK 1000 (USAIR FLT 1948, REG NO: N458US). AS THE 747 WAS TURNING, ITS LEFT WING STRUCK THE RUDDER AND VERTICAL STABILIZER OF THE FK.28. THIS RESULTED IN MINOR DAMAGE TO THE 747 AND SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE F.28. THE CAPTAIN OF THE 747 SAID HE WAS 'ONE HOUR LATE AND TRYING TO MAKE UP TIME.' HE ALSO SAID, 'IT WAS MY FAULT.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE BOEING 747 CAPTAIN MISJUDGED CLEARANCE BETWEEN HIS AIRCRAFT AND THE FOKKER F.28. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE OF THE BOEING 747 CAPTAIN.
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