Event Details


Title:Momentary runway excursion, Boeing 767-204, G-BRIF, Newcastle Airport
Micro summary:This Boeing 767-204 momentarily left the runway on landing.
Event Time:1998-08-18 at 2242 UTC
File Name:1998-08-18-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G98/08/29
Pages:3
Site of event:Newcastle Airport
Departure:Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Destination:Newcastle Airport, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, UK
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 767-204
Flight Phase:Landing
Registration(s):G-BRIF
Operator(s):Thomsonfly
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:264
Fatalities:0
Serious Injuries:0
Minor/Non-Injured:264
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The crew reported for duty at 1700 hrs at Newcastle Airport for a round trip flight to Palma, Majorca. The outbound flight departed at 1855 hrs and was uneventful. At Palma the commander experienced some difficulty with releasing the parking brake and he asked the first officer for his assistance. The return flight was operated by the commander and was uneventful until the landing at Newcastle.

Arriving at Newcastle the crew self positioned to the ILS and then, at the request of the commander, a visual approach to Runway 25 was carried out. The commander disconnected the autopilot at 1,500 feet on the approach, and the aircraft touched down in the normal place on the runway. The touchdown was described as 'firm'. After the main wheels touched down the aircraft tracked to the right of the centreline and both sets of wheels left the paved surface. The commander called for the first officer to use the rudder to correct the direction of the aircraft. The first officer applied left rudder and the aircraft regained the paved surface after travelling a distance of 265 metres on the grass. The nose wheel touched down 100 metres before the aircraft regained the runway.

The first officer slowed the aircraft to normal taxi speed and then the commander took control again. The senior cabin crew member entered the flight deck to see if there was a problem and was informed that everything was 'normal'. The commander taxied the aircraft to the parking area and the passengers disembarked.

The commander asked the first officer to advise ATC that the aircraft had left the runway at some point, which he then did. The crew later became aware of the distance travelled off the runway when they were taken out to inspect the wheel marks made by the aircraft on the grass. Subsequent to the incident one of the runway edge lights was found to be broken and one tyre on the aircraft was changed.

It was dark at the time of the incident and the weather was; visibility 30 km, surface wind 260°/3 kt, scattered cloud at 3,000 feet, temperature 12 °C, QNH 1020, the runway surface was dry.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Runway Excursion
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