How American Airlines Airbus A321 Damaged at Charlotte Airport
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How American Airlines Airbus A321 Damaged at Charlotte Airport

Recently, an incident took place at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina where American Airlines Airbus A321 aircraft underwent substantial damage. It is a tug-related incident that damaged the nose landing gear and underside of the fuselage of Airbus A321 aircraft of American Airlines. According to the Flightradar24 data, the alleged aircraft has not flown since 21st April, 2024. It last flew from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to CLT which was the third flight of the day.

Many reports say that the tug driver was driving too fast in the wet conditions at the CLT airport and eventually hydroplaned into American Airlines aircraft causing serious physical damage to the Airbus A321. The aircraft is a 9 year old jet registered as N136AN. The aircraft was flying from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

American Airlines is a United States-based airline service provider. It is one of the most popular airlines in the United States. The airline has its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is the world’s largest airline in the fleet, revenue passenger mile, and scheduled passengers. American Airlines has a fleet size of 917 aircrafts. The airline operates at 350 destinations worldwide which include both domestic and international destinations. It operates 6800 flights daily, which travel across 50 countries worldwide.

One of the aircrafts from American Airlines fleet, also known as N136AN, met with an accident with a tug at the CLT airport. According to the flight-tracking website records, there were many other Airbus A321 aircrafts from the American Airlines fleet on ground at CLT, like N174US, N927UW, and N153UW. However, these aircrafts are equipped with wingtip fences while the N136AN has Sharklets.

As per the history of the airlines, pushback or tug-related incidents are not new for American Airlines aircrafts in recent years. The most famous incident being the one at the LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in August 2022. In this incident when a Boeing 737-800, registered as N949NN collided with a tug while being pushed from hangar to the gate. The collision resulted in the tug getting trapped underneath the aircraft. However,  N949NN aircraft of American Airlines fleet is still actively operating across various routes and its last flight was on April 24 and it covered three routes on the same day.

Another incident took place at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 10th February 2023 when a Airbus A321, registered as N193UW collided with a bus. This incident caused damage to the aircraft’s fuselage and nose structure. The aircraft in this incident is still under repairs at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), according to ch-aviation reports.

American Airlines placed an order of three short-haul fleet aircraft in March which includes Airbus A321neo, Embraer E175, and Boeing 737 MAX 10. These aircrafts are an addition to the already massive fleet of American Airlines that consists of 303 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, 218 A321ceo, 48 A320ceo, and 133 Airbus A319ceo with an average age of 14.5, 11.8, 23.1, and 20.1. Overall the total order of the carrier was 260 aircrafts which included 90 E175s, 85 A321neo, and 85 737 MAX 10 aircrafts. American Airlines is looking to upgrade to 737 MAX 10 aircraft from 39 Boeing 737 MAX 8, but this is not yet certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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