AAIB investigation to Airbus A321-231, G-ZBAD

Aircraft damaged by tug during pushback, Manchester Airport, 23 June 2015.


After being pushed back the aircraft was pulled forward onto the taxiway centreline using a tug and towbar. As it did so the tug’s raised cabin came in to contact with the aircraft, puncturing the fuselage. While the towbar used was suitable for the aircraft type it was shorter than that normally used. It has now been removed from service.

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Airbus A321-231, G-ZBAD 12-15

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Published 10 December 2015