NTSB Identification: SEA08LA182
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 129: Foreign operation of Eva Air
Accident occurred Saturday, August 16, 2008 in San Francisco, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/12/2009
Aircraft: BOEING 777-300, registration: B-16710
Injuries: 1 Serious,311 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 transport airplane had been pushed back from the gate and the engines were started. Ground personnel attempted to disconnect the tow bar but had difficulty. They instructed the flight crew to release the parking brake in order to reposition the nose gear. The mechanic attempted to disconnect the tow bar and when it finally disconnected, the airplane moved forward and he was pinned under the left nose gear. The ground crew management and airline personnel indicated that the ground crew personnel were not acting in accordance with established standard operating procedures which requires that the parking brake be set prior to removal of the tow bar.

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

The ground crewman's failure to follow the tow bar disconnect standard operating procedures.

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