Event Details

Title:Tailstrike on takeoff, Serious incident occurring on November 29, 2002 at Dortmund Airport involving a Boeing 737-800
Micro summary:Tail scrape on takeoff involving a Boeing 737-800.
Event Time:2002-11-29 at 0940 UTC
File Name:2002-11-29-DE.pdf
Publishing Agency:Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU)
Publishing Country:Germany
Report number:EX007-0/02
Site of event:Dortmund Airport, Germany
Departure:Dortmund Airport, Dortmund, Germany
Destination:Dortmund Airport, Dortmund, Germany (Diversion)
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 737-800
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Type of flight:Charter
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The BFU was informed on 29 November 2002 at 09:40 hrs by the air traffic surveillance of Dortmund Airport that the tail of a Boeing 737-800 had touched the runway during the take-off and therefore the flight crew had aborted the take-off.

The crew had to conduct a charter flight from Dortmund (EDLW) to Izmir (LTBJ) and afterwards to Ankara (LTAC). Six crew members and 112 passengers were aboard the airplane.

Having taxied onto runway 24 via taxiway D, the flight crew received at 08:37 hrs the take-off clearance from the responsible Air Traffic Control unit (Tower), indicated surface wind was 180 and 6 kt.

When the airplane had started the take-off run and prior to reaching full engine thrust the nose gear lifted off and the airplane tail touched the runway. The engine thrust was reduced immediately and the nose gear touched down again. The pilot flying (PF) immediately aborted the take-off. The airplane was taxied back to the terminal.


The incident is due to the fact that the airplane was operated with the centre of gravity position outside the operational limit.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Center of Gravity/MAC
Operations - Loading
Operations - Rejected Takeoff before V1
Operations - Tailstrike
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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