Safety..Does Anyone Know what the Radome(sp?) is???


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NTSB Identification: NYC03LA199
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of NORTHWEST AIRLINES INC
Accident occurred Friday, September 12, 2003 in Norfolk, VA
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51, registration: N776NC
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 41 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On September 12, 2003, about 1930 eastern daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51, N776NC, operated by Northwest Airlines as flight 1569, received minor damage when it was struck by a tug while standing, at the Norfolk International Airport (ORF), Norfolk, Virginia. The 2 flightcrew members, 3 flight attendants, and 36 passengers were not injured; however, the tug driver was fatally injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed for the flight that was destined for the Memphis International Airport (MEM), Memphis, Tennessee. The scheduled passenger flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 121.

According to the captain of flight 1569, the airplane was standing at Gate 30, with passenger boarding still in progress. After completing the preflight checklist, the flightcrew felt a "thump" under the airplane. Since no communication had been established with the ground crew, the pilot sent the first officer outside to assess if there was any damage to the airplane. The first officer observed that the pushback tug had struck the radome, and that the driver of the tug was trapped between the tug and the airplane.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the tug was not connected up to the tow bar, and the parking brake was not set. The Inspector additionally stated that the tug driver was trained, and qualified, to operate the tug and to perform pushback duties.

According to a representative of the airline, the tug was inspected after the accident. No anomalies were noted with the operation of the tug.

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The Radome is the round "nose" of the aircraft (or one that is equipped with a weather radar). The weather radar antenae is typically located right in front of the pilots in the nose.

I didn't read the report but if it talks about damage to a radome then they mean the nose of the aircraft.
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