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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : rdu|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 130|
flight time total : 4900
flight time type : 1230
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : flight engineer|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 7000
flight time type : 2000
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On arrival at gate rdu, left wing #3 led came in contact with a catering truck. Approaching lead-in line, parking area appeared to be clear of obstacles and captain maneuvered aircraft onto lead-in line. Guideman was in position and guiding aircraft into the gate using orange wands and approved hand signals. About 1/2-way in, on yellow guide-line, guideman motioned toward right wing-walker and captain slowed aircraft to a near stop. No obstacles were noted. With guideman continuing to signal us in, we continued at a very slow speed toward the gate. When stop signal was given, captain smoothly applied brakes. Just when stopped an unusual bump was felt and noted by myself and captain. We agreed that it was probably an imperfection in the concrete, a bump or perhaps a small object in front of the tire. While deplaning a pas noted to a F/a that our left wing had come in contact with a catering truck. I overheard this and immediately notified the captain and proceeded to the catering truck to identify the driver and check for damage of the airplane. Truck was found approximately 5-10' forward of the left wing and the driver was reading what appeared to be a newspaper. I took his name and informed him of what had occurred. Damage found was a dent on the leading edge of the #3 led. Maintenance was notified by the F/east.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR LGT UNDER GUIDANCE OF GND MARSHALLER WINGTIP STRUCK GND VEHICLE WHILE PARKING.
Narrative: ON ARR AT GATE RDU, LEFT WING #3 LED CAME IN CONTACT WITH A CATERING TRUCK. APCHING LEAD-IN LINE, PARKING AREA APPEARED TO BE CLEAR OF OBSTACLES AND CAPT MANEUVERED ACFT ONTO LEAD-IN LINE. GUIDEMAN WAS IN POS AND GUIDING ACFT INTO THE GATE USING ORANGE WANDS AND APPROVED HAND SIGNALS. ABOUT 1/2-WAY IN, ON YELLOW GUIDE-LINE, GUIDEMAN MOTIONED TOWARD RIGHT WING-WALKER AND CAPT SLOWED ACFT TO A NEAR STOP. NO OBSTACLES WERE NOTED. WITH GUIDEMAN CONTINUING TO SIGNAL US IN, WE CONTINUED AT A VERY SLOW SPD TOWARD THE GATE. WHEN STOP SIGNAL WAS GIVEN, CAPT SMOOTHLY APPLIED BRAKES. JUST WHEN STOPPED AN UNUSUAL BUMP WAS FELT AND NOTED BY MYSELF AND CAPT. WE AGREED THAT IT WAS PROBABLY AN IMPERFECTION IN THE CONCRETE, A BUMP OR PERHAPS A SMALL OBJECT IN FRONT OF THE TIRE. WHILE DEPLANING A PAS NOTED TO A F/A THAT OUR LEFT WING HAD COME IN CONTACT WITH A CATERING TRUCK. I OVERHEARD THIS AND IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED THE CAPT AND PROCEEDED TO THE CATERING TRUCK TO IDENT THE DRIVER AND CHK FOR DAMAGE OF THE AIRPLANE. TRUCK WAS FOUND APPROX 5-10' FORWARD OF THE LEFT WING AND THE DRIVER WAS READING WHAT APPEARED TO BE A NEWSPAPER. I TOOK HIS NAME AND INFORMED HIM OF WHAT HAD OCCURRED. DAMAGE FOUND WAS A DENT ON THE LEADING EDGE OF THE #3 LED. MAINT WAS NOTIFIED BY THE F/E.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.