Event Details

Title:Uncommanded pitch-up, Airbus A320-214, G-OOAR
Micro summary:This Airbus A320-214 experienced an uncommanded pitch-up.
Event Time:2002-10-27 at 1200 UTC
File Name:2002-10-27-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2002/10/21
Site of event:Takeoff, Kefallinia
Departure:Kefalonia Island International Airport, Kefallinia, Greece
Destination:Zakynthos International Airport, Zakinthos, Greece
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A320-214
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Operator(s):First Choice Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:Having lined up on the runway for takeoff, the commander advanced the thrust levers to 50% N1 while holding the aircraft against the brakes. Once the engine parameters had stabilised he released the brakes and advanced the thrust levers to the take-off position. As the aircraft started its take-off roll the nose pitched up rapidly. The commander reduced the thrust to idle immediately and applied forward side-stick and gentle braking to encourage the aircraft to pitch back down, which it did promptly. The aircraft had very little forward speed and was quickly brought to a halt on the runway. Having liaised with the cabin crew, and made an announcement to reassure the passengers, the commander taxied the aircraft slowly back on to the stand whence it had just departed. There were no injuries; however, one of the cabin crew seated at the rear of the cabin had heard a scraping noise after the aircraft had pitched up. On investigation the flight crew discovered that all the passengers were seated aft of row 13, which was significantly different from the distribution shown on the Load Form and Trim Sheet. These forms indicated that the passengers had been spread evenly through the cabin.

An examination of the underneath of the tail of the aircraft revealed that the rear galley drain mast had been damaged. While conducting this external check, the first officer (FO) also saw that the nose oleo was very noticeably extended, which suggested a possible problem with the position of the CG.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Center of Gravity/MAC
Operations - Loading
Operations - Rejected Takeoff before V1
Operations - Tailstrike
Operations - Upset - Uncommanded or excessive Pitch
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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