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Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Wed May 23, 2018 11:43 pm

EI 147 from Dublin was being towed into G-91 at SFO and the right wing had contact with a concrete post.

http://abc7news.com/travel/plane-wing-h ... e/3513867/
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Reason: Updated title for clarity
 
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Wed May 23, 2018 11:58 pm

G-91 is located in a very tight corner. Photos look like the damage is minimal. Even looks like the return flight is going to operate with a 2.5 hour delay.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 1:03 am

I once watched a 788 being pushed out from G91 which abuts the walkway between terminal and parking. The wingtip came inches from contacting the glass. Wing walker was watching it and stopped the tug just before contact. It took several back and forth rounds with the tug to straighten out and find the right angle to get the bird out of that tight spot. Usually I see AC A320s there due to the clearance. A 788 doesn't have a massive wingspan but that gate is definitely meant for smaller aircraft.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 2:36 am

In these kind of cases who pays for the damage? The airport’s insurance?
 
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 2:41 am

amax1977 wrote:
In these kind of cases who pays for the damage? The airport’s insurance?

I would guess not in this case. Doesn't look like the building ran into the airplane.
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 2:43 am

Per the EI website, the departure just got pushed back another hour: ETD SFO at 21:30 local.
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 2:54 am

andrewfarmer wrote:
I once watched a 788 being pushed out from G91 which abuts the walkway between terminal and parking. The wingtip came inches from contacting the glass. Wing walker was watching it and stopped the tug just before contact. It took several back and forth rounds with the tug to straighten out and find the right angle to get the bird out of that tight spot. Usually I see AC A320s there due to the clearance. A 788 doesn't have a massive wingspan but that gate is definitely meant for smaller aircraft.


The 788 wingspan is nearly as long as a 747-400, perhaps a 15ft difference or am I mistaken?
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 3:04 am

Is G91 the gate next to the BART SFO station?
 
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 3:48 am

questions wrote:
Is G91 the gate next to the BART SFO station?


Yes.

As for fault, I would guess the tug operator with wing walker. I believe Swissport is their ground handling.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 6:05 am

Flight was eventually cancelled, not sure if there was more damage than expected or as a precaution to check
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 6:43 am

'Bout time that airline had it's wings clipped anyway . . . :D
 
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Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 6:46 am

amax1977 wrote:
In these kind of cases who pays for the damage? The airport’s insurance?


The ground handler's insurance. The aircraft was being towed.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 12:57 pm

Thread title says the aircraft was taxiing, yet first post says it was being towed?
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 1:09 pm

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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 1:31 pm

from the picture it is possible to see the tug...of course the tug can have arrived after the incident, but would say it was being tugged.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 3:27 pm

Winglet doesn't look like it took too much damage.

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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 4:59 pm

"It happened as Flight 147 from Dublin was being towed to its arrival gate at SFO."

Why does the aircraft not taxi to the gate upon arrival? Due to the tightness around this particular gate?
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 5:08 pm

I just looked up gate G-91 on google maps, and it is amazingly tight indeed. Almost surprised they park A330s there.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 5:26 pm

The LEFT gear was about 30 feet RIGHT of centerline when it hit. Plenty of room for an A330, 787, or 767...but you have to follow the yellow line. That is the whole point of a tow in to a tight spot. :)
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 6:29 pm

Chasensfo wrote:
The LEFT gear was about 30 feet RIGHT of centerline when it hit. Plenty of room for an A330, 787, or 767...but you have to follow the yellow line. That is the whole point of a tow in to a tight spot. :)


Wow! That tug driver really was off the line!
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 6:34 pm

TWA302 wrote:
Chasensfo wrote:
The LEFT gear was about 30 feet RIGHT of centerline when it hit. Plenty of room for an A330, 787, or 767...but you have to follow the yellow line. That is the whole point of a tow in to a tight spot. :)


Wow! That tug driver really was off the line!
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dd6s856U0AEmWUy.jpg:large

Indeed, very impressive. 777-200s are the largest aircraft certified for G91 right now, but in the 2000s, it was common to see 747-400s on the gate! No incidents, though it was a tight push with remote spots G103 and G104 occupied behind the terminal.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 6:36 pm

The aircraft is currently at the United MOC.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 6:41 pm

Flying back tonight (hopefully).
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 7:33 pm

Looks like a new ship.
 
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Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Thu May 24, 2018 7:36 pm

Exactly one year old.

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