Event Details

Title:Tailstrike on landing, Airbus A320, C-GTDK
Micro summary:Tailstrike involving this A320 on landing.
Event Time:2003-06-16 at 1339 UTC
File Name:2003-06-16-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2003/06/02
Site of event:Landing, Runway 09, Bristol
Departure:Corfu International Airport, "Ioannis Kapodistrias", Corfu, Greece
Destination:Bristol International Airport, Bristol, England
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A320
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Skyservice Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft and pilots were normally based in Canada but were operating for a six month period over the summer from Bristol Airport as part of a wet-lease agreement. The inexperienced co-pilot had been undergoing a protracted period of line training and had been rostered to fly on four consecutive days with the same line-training captain. They had agreed that should a suitable opportunity present itself, the co-pilot would practise flying the aircraft without the autopilot, autothrust and flight directors being engaged. On the third day the co-pilot flew an ILS approach to Runway 09 at Bristol with the aircraft configured in this condition. At touch down the aircraft bounced and on touching down a second time, the tail contacted the ground.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Bounce
Operations - Tailstrike
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
Close match:Wake turbulence encounter between McDonnell Douglas MD-11 and Boeing 747, May 1, 1996
Bounced landing and tailstrike, McDonnell Douglas MD-11, November 4, 1994
Tail strike on landing, A300-600ER, July 15, 1999
Tail strike during go-around, McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, September 19, 2004
Over-rotation on landing, Airbus A300-600, December 15, 1997


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