Event Details

Title:Wing contact with ground during go-aroud, Final Report by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau concerning the serious incident to the DC-9-83 aircraft, HB-INV, operated by Helvetic Airways under flight number OAW 8100 on 21 October 2004 in Pristina
Micro summary:During bad weather, a go-around was initiated, but the wing made contact with the runway.
Event Time:2004-10-21 at 0816 UTC
File Name:2004-10-21-CH.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB)
Publishing Country:Switzerland
Report number:1858
Site of event:Pristina (Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro)
Departure:Zurich International Airport (Kloten Airport), Kloten, Switzerland
Destination:Prestina International Airport, Pristina, Kosovo
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83)
Flight Phase:Missed Approach
Operator(s):Helvetic Airways
Type of flight:Charter
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On 21 October 2004 the aircraft McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83, HB-INV, operated by Helvetic Airways under flight number OAW 8100 was scheduled on a charter flight from Zurich to Pristina. The first approach was performed on runway 35 at Pristina. A go around was performed under demanding weather conditions because the aircraft could not be stabilized in short final. On this occasion the left wing made contact with the runway surface, whereby parts of the wing were damaged. There were no injuries to persons. After a second approach from the opposite direction the landing on runway 17 was uneventful.

The serious incident is attributable to the fact that in its final approach, the aircraft was insufficiently stabilised, the crew initiated the go-around to late and as a result the left wingtip touched the ground.
The investigation determined the following causal factors for the serious incident:

The approach to runway 35 was conducted under insufficient meteorological weather conditions.

The crew had chosen an inappropriate flying tactic which resulted in a non optimal crew coordination.

Flight manoeuvres with considerable bank were conducted close to the ground.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Unstabilized Approach
Operations - Wing Strike With Ground
Close match:Wing strike on ground during landing, Boeing 727-100, February 14, 2002
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