Swift Air 737 taxies over towbar

A Swift Air Boeing 737-400, EC-MIE (c/n 26069) ran over a towbar after the pushback crew failed to ensure that the area in front of the aircraft was clear before leaving the manoeuvring area, the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has found.

The 1992-built jet was preparing to depart East Midlands Airport for Vitoria, Spain at the time of the incident, which took place on June 16, 2021.

The narrowbody freighter had been pushed back from Stand 99 on the Leicestershire airfield’s West Apron to the tug release point (TRP) without incident. However, when the ground crew – which comprised a tug driver (TD) and a headset operator (HO) – left the aircraft without reconnecting the towbar to the vehicle.

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