N601AA hits airbridge at LHR

N601AA 747SP American Airlines

Wing hits airbridge at gate

American Airlines flight from New York to London Heathrow airport landed at 06:12 in the morning of April 9:th 1992.

The aircraft N601AA (c/n: 21962) taxied to the allocated parking stand number L29, arriving at 06:21.

The aircraft commenced to self manoeuvre onto the parking stand, and parked in the position normally used by the non-SP variants of the B747, which was too far forward to allow use of the outer (mobile) airbridge at the front left (L1) passenger door on this, the shorter B747SP variant.

Towards the end of the parking manoeuvre, part of the outer airbridge operating machinery had come into contact with the upper skin of the inboard section of the left wing of the aircraft.

No impact had been felt on board the aircraft.

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/boeing-747sp-31-n601aa-9-april-1992

Photo of stan L29 at LHRStand Layout at L29 at LHR