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Plane crashed as crew forgot to apply brakes.

Byline: Antonia Bannister News Reporter antonia.bannister@trinitymirror.com

A CARGO plane collided with a mobile power unit at Coventry Airport because the flight crew forgot to put the brake on.

The British Aerospace ATP was about to depart for Dublin with 4.6 tons of freight on board when the crash happened at about 1.50am on Thursday, January 15.

A report says the two crew members may have been under pressure as the airport was about to close for the night.

The report on the incident has just been published by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in its May Bulletin.

It says the aircraft rolled forward into the power unit once both engines had been started and the chocks were removed, because the parking brake had not been applied during the pre-start checklist.

No-one was injured but damage was caused to the fuselage and gear doors at the front of the plane and the top cover of the power unit - which provides electricity to stationary aircraft - was crushed. The pilot was a 47-yearold man with more than 3,300 hours' flying experience, of which 2,300 were on that type of plane.

The inspector's report says: "Immediately the chocks were removed, the aircraft began to move forward and the first officer saw the ground crew member run clear of the aircraft to the right.

"Both flight crew members immediately applied wheel brakes, but as they did so, the aircraft collided with the ground power unit.

"The flight crew shut down both engines and informed ATC, who initiated a 'ground incident' alert.

"After the accident the flight crew realised that the parking brake was not set, resulting in the aircraft's movement when the chocks were removed.

"The commander noted that there had been an expectation that the parking brake would have been set to on when the crew first arrived at the aircraft.

"The parking brake was not an item on the turnaround checklist which the crew had carried out earlier, although it was an item on the pre-start checklist which had therefore not been carried out correctly.

"Although the flight crew had not felt rushed, the commander believed that they had been under a time pressure due to the imminent airport closure, and that this had been a contributory factor."

'"Although the flight crew had not felt rushed... they had been under pressure due to the imminent airport closure... this had been a contributory factor inspector's report

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The British Aerospace ATP was departing Coventry |Airport en route to Dublin

British Aerospace ATP (Advanced Turbo Prop) similar to the one that hit a mobile power unit at Coventry Airport in January

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Date:Jun 2, 2015
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