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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mem|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 170|
flight time total : 8500
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Miss Distance||horizontal : 0|
vertical : 0
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
While taxiing on a ramp taxi line parallel to a ground equipment service drive the right wing tip was struck by a catering veh which had strayed out of its designated lane. The truck entered the taxi area after the cockpit had passed the truck and was out of view by the crew. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter said there was considerable damage to the outer 1 1/2' of the wing tip. Vent tank had to be replaced plus navigation lights. Does not think any major structural damage. Ground veh driver turned out of the designated drive area to avoid other ground equipment in the area. Area at the tip of the terminals is not very wide and with the construction in progress and the congestion of ground equipment there is not enough room. Veh driver could not see the wing tip as the aircraft passed and the truck was already out of view of the flight crew. Veh driver should have stopped until he could see the aircraft wing tip.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR MLG RIGHT WING TIP HIT BY CATERING TRUCK AS ACFT WAS TAXIING TO THE GATE.
Narrative: WHILE TAXIING ON A RAMP TAXI LINE PARALLEL TO A GND EQUIP SVC DRIVE THE RIGHT WING TIP WAS STRUCK BY A CATERING VEH WHICH HAD STRAYED OUT OF ITS DESIGNATED LANE. THE TRUCK ENTERED THE TAXI AREA AFTER THE COCKPIT HAD PASSED THE TRUCK AND WAS OUT OF VIEW BY THE CREW. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR SAID THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO THE OUTER 1 1/2' OF THE WING TIP. VENT TANK HAD TO BE REPLACED PLUS NAV LIGHTS. DOES NOT THINK ANY MAJOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. GND VEH DRIVER TURNED OUT OF THE DESIGNATED DRIVE AREA TO AVOID OTHER GND EQUIP IN THE AREA. AREA AT THE TIP OF THE TERMINALS IS NOT VERY WIDE AND WITH THE CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS AND THE CONGESTION OF GND EQUIP THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM. VEH DRIVER COULD NOT SEE THE WING TIP AS THE ACFT PASSED AND THE TRUCK WAS ALREADY OUT OF VIEW OF THE FLT CREW. VEH DRIVER SHOULD HAVE STOPPED UNTIL HE COULD SEE THE ACFT WING TIP.
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.