NTSB Identification: DCA08CA041A
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of REPUBLIC AIRLINES INC
Accident occurred Sunday, February 17, 2008 in Washington, DC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/24/2009
Aircraft: EMBRAER ERJ170, registration: N828MD
Injuries: 132 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 17, 2008, at 1019 EST, an Embraer E170, N828MD, operated by Republic Airlines as flight 3416 destined to Rochester, NY, collided during taxi in the runup area of taxiway J at the north end of runway 19, with an Airbus 319, N752US, operated by US Airways as flight 2166 destined to New York LaGuardia airport. The right aileron of the Airbus was substantially damaged, the left winglet of the Embraer had minor damage. There were no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The pilot of the E170 reported that he was positioned to the right of the Airbus, and observed a B737 approaching the runup area from taxiway J to his right. ATC cleared the Republic flight for departure, which required them to taxi past the Airbus. The captain stated that he checked the proximity of the Airbus, and it looked like he could clear it and then felt the impact. The captain notified ATC of the collision. Airport fire crews responded, but there was no fuel leak or fire. The crew of the Airbus reported that they were stationary with the parking brake applied while awaiting ATC clearance.

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

Inadequate ground separation maintained by the pilot of the Embraer E170.

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