Airbus A320-232, G-EUUF
After an uneventful pushback from Stand 139 at London Heathrow Airport the tractor was disconnected from the aircraft. After receiving taxi clearance from Air Traffic Control G-EUUF started moving under its own power. Shortly afterwards it collided with the tractor that had just performed the pushback, damaging the right engine and the tractor. The headset operator had given the ‘all clear’ signal to the flight crew before the tractor had been repositioned to a safe distance from the aircraft. The co-pilot did not see the tractor and a defect prevented the tractor from being driven away before the aircraft began to taxi.
Airbus A320-232, G-EUUF 05-07.pdf (735.06 kb)