Cargo plane ran into tug vehicle before take-off
AN air investigation report has concluded that airport ground crew must give an "OK" signal to pilots after a plane ran into a tug vehicle as it prepared to taxi.
The cargo plane was getting ready to taxi on to the runway for its flight to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport when the accident occurred in April last year.
The Airbus, which was being flown by a captain-under-training, had been pushed back by the tug when there was a problem releasing the tow-bar that connected the two vehicles – meaning there was a delay in the all-clear signal being given.
The captain had not checked that the crew had moved out of the way before starting to move towards the runway.
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There were no injuries, however the plane had to have both tyres changed because of the accident.
The report was released by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.