Event Details

Title:Nacelle collision with ground, Boeing 747-41R, G-VWOW
Micro summary:While landing in a stiff crosswind, this Boeing 747's #1 engine nacelle touched the ground.
Event Time:2005-11-03 at 1714 UTC
File Name:2005-11-03-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2005/11/01
Site of event:Runway 27R London Heathrow Airport
Departure:John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York, USA
Destination:London Heathrow Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 747-41R
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Virgin Atlantic
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft flew an approach to Runway 27R at London (Heathrow) Airport, whilst subjected to a crosswind compnent of approximately 30 kt from the left. A roll to the left immediately after touchdown was not detected by the handling pilot who was concentrating on selecting reverse thrust on the engines. This roll resulted in the left hand (No. 1) engine striking the ground. It subsequently transpired that the crosswind component had reduced from 32 kt to 8 kt in the last 25 ft of descent prior to touchdown.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Upset - Uncommanded or excessive Roll
Operations - Wing Strike With Ground


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