NTSB Identification: NYC06LA151.
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Scheduled 14 CFR UNITED AIR LINES INC
Accident occurred Saturday, June 17, 2006 in Dulles, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/2007
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300, registration: N653UA
Injuries: 183 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The airplane was at the gate with the crew and passengers onboard, the parking brake was set, and the loading bridge was retracted. A ramp employee, operating a tractor with a baggage cart in tow, was on the left side of the airplane when a pushback guideman on the right side of the airplane signaled that he needed hand wands for the pushback. Forgetting he had a baggage cart in tow, the driver drove under the fuselage to reach the guideman. In the process, the baggage cart impacted the underside of the fuselage about 25 feet aft of the nose and 17 feet in front of the wings. The driver subsequently stated to company officials that he did not follow standard operating procedures when he drove under the fuselage, and that, while trying to ensure an on-time departure, he forgot he had the baggage cart attached to the tractor. The driver was current on all required training.

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

The driver's failure to follow company standard operating procedures. A factor was the driver's diverted attention to an on-time departure.

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