Event Details

Title:Hard landing, Boeing 727-2P1, VP-CZY, Luton, October 30, 2001
Micro summary:This Boeing 727 experienced a hard landing and tail strike in windshear.
Event Time:2001-10-30 at 1915 UTC
File Name:2001-10-30-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2001/10/19
Site of event:London
Departure:Ataturk/Yesilkov International, Istanbul, Turkey
Destination:London Luton Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 727-2P1
Flight Phase:Approach
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The approach proceeded uneventfully with the indicated airspeed varying plus or minus 5 kt in continuous light turbulence. The calculated approach speed (Vref) was 129 kt and the crew decided to add a further 12 kt to take into account the variable wind and reported windshear. The "bug" speed for the approach was therefore 141 kts and the pilot estimates the aircraft crossed the runway threshold at 50 feet at 135 kts. At about 20 feet above the runway the pilot felt the aircraft sink rapidly and he responded by quickly raising the nose to 7- 8 nose-up pitch. This action had very little effect on the rate of descent and the aircraft touched down firmly on both main wheels and bounced back into the air. The pilot raised the nose further to cushion the bounce and in the course of the second touchdown the tail skid struck the ground. As the aircraft cleared the runway the pilot of another aircraft reported debris on the runway. Subsequent inspection of the aircraft revealed that the tail skid plate had been scraped off, the tail skid had been depressed by about 3 inches, two thirds of the No 3 VHF aerial had broken off and the aircraft skin around the aerial had buckled.

In his report the pilot considered that windshear, the uphill aspect of the runway and insufficient currency on type had all contributed to the incident.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Bounce
Operations - Hard Landing
Operations - Tailstrike
Operations - Windshear or Microburst


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