Boeing 747-443, G-VLIP
The right wingtip of the aircraft collided with a blast fence when the aircraft was pushed back into an area of taxiway where insufficient clearance existed between the blast fence and the taxiway centreline to accommodate its wingspan. This and other large aircraft types were prohibited from parking on stands in this area but not from pushing back onto the taxiway adjacent to them. Two safety recommendations were made.
Boeing 747-443, G-VLIP 02-07.pdf (442.82 kb)