Airbus A319-131, G-EUOF
The aircraft was taxiing on to Stand 415 following the guidance provided by the Stand Entry Guidance (SEG) system. The stand’s airbridge had previously been repositioned in order for its floor to be replaced, in accordance with an Airside Works Instruction (AWI) drawn up by the airport operator. The AWI specified that a marshaller was required for all ‘live’ arrivals on the stand. The airline operator’s Turn Round Manager (TRM) had not been made aware of this requirement and had earlier switched on the SEG system. No marshaller attended the aircraft’s arrival and the commander considered that the airbridge was sufficiently clear. On seeing that the aircraft’s left wing tip was about to strike the airbridge the TRM, and a colleague, gave the ‘stop’ sign and activated the stop button on the SEG system. The aircraft stopped four metres short of its designated stop line, during which the left wing tip made contact with the curtain on the airbridge. There were no injuries and the aircraft was undamaged. One recommendation is made to the airport operator.
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