Event Details

Title:Tailstrike on landing, Boeing 747-267B, TF-ATD
Micro summary:This Boeing 747-267B experienced a tailstrike while landing in poor visibility.
Event Time:2002-10-16 at 0632 UTC
File Name:2002-10-16-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2002/10/01
Site of event:Landing, Teesside Airport, UK
Departure:Lester B Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Destination:Durham Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 747-267B
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Air Atlanta Iceland
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft was cleared to land and the surface wind of 010 at 10 kt was passed by ATC. At a height of 400 feet the windscreen wipers were selected on and the co-pilot advised the commander that the drift was 4 to the right. The runway lights were clearly visible through the rain and the approach was continued visually without difficulty. The aircraft maintained a stable approach until a height of 200 feet when airspeed reduced from 144 kt to 132 kt in four seconds, with the aircraft descending half a dot below the glidepath which activated the GPWS aural warning of "GLIDESLOPE". The commander reported seeing three red lights and one white light on the PAPIs for which he took corrective action to regain the glide-slope. In accordance with company procedures, the F/E called the radio altimeter heights every 10 feet from 50 feet and below. At 40 feet the co-pilot called "watch the speed" which had reduced to 129 kt and the commander described the sensation of the aircraft being sucked down onto the runway. He applied aft control column to arrest the rate of descent and the aircraft touched down heavily but it did not appear to bounce. The speed brakes deployed and using reverse thrust together with manual braking from 80 kt, the aircraft was slowed to a stop by the intersection with Taxiway B, a landing distance of approximately 4,400 feet. After shutdown a ground inspection of the underside of the tail section revealed that the aircraft's tail had struck the runway.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - GPWS
Operations - Tailstrike
Operations - Unstabilized Approach
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage


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