NTSB Identification: NYC87LA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34647.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of USAIR
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 10, 1987 in BURLINGTON, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/1988
Aircraft: BOEING 727, registration: N780AL
Injuries: 104 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.

IN PREPARATION FOR POWERING AWAY FROM THE GATE, ONE GROUNDMAN WAS STATIONED OFF THE LEFT NOSE OF THE ACFT AND ANOTHER WAS POSITIONED BY THE LEFT WING TIP. THE PLT ADVANCED THE THROTTLES AND INITIATED A RIGHT TURN. THE THROTTLES WERE BROUGHT BACK TO IDLE SHORTLY AFTER THE ACFT STARTED ROLLING TO PREVENT JET BLAST DAMAGE. ACCORDING TO THE CPT OF FLT 37, THE SECOND TIME HE LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW HE SAW A GROUNDMAN GIVING HIM A SIGNAL TO SLOW DOWN, HOWEVER, IT WAS TOO LATE TO AVOID HITTING THE JETWAY WITH THE LEFT WING TIP. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE JETWAY HAD BEEN IMPROPERLY POSITIONED MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE BOEING 727 TO CLEAR IT.

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

EQUIPMENT,OTHER..CONFLICTING..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT PERFORMED..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION WARNING..NOT ISSUED..GROUND PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRPORT FACILITY

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