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Accident - May 21, 2009 - Los Angeles, Calif.

The flight, operated by American Eagle Airlines Inc., was scheduled to depart from Los Angeles, Calif. en route to San Diego,Calif..

Fatalities 0
Serious injuries0
Minor injuries0
Source: National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010

Factual Narrative

On May 21, 2009, about 1620 Pacific daylight time, an Embraer EMB-135KL, N843AE, taxied into a parked and unoccupied Embraer EMB-135KL, N848AE, while leaving the terminal hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles, California. American Eagle operated both airplanes under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121. N843AE was operated as flight 3085; the captain, first officer, one flight attendant, and 40 passengers were not injured. N848AE was parked at the gate with no flight crew or passengers onboard. There were no ground injuries.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who responded to the accident, N843AE had been pushed back from the gate via ground tow. Once disconnected from the tow bar, the captain started to taxi to the runway. As the captain was maneuvering around the parked airplane, the left horizontal stabilizer of the taxiing airplane struck the right horizontal stabilizer of the parked airplane.

The FAA inspector further reported that the parked airplane was improperly parked with the right wing tip and horizontal stabilizer well outside the safety lines.

Source: National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010