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Last updated: 22 October 2020
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 29 July 2014
Time:22:42
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Operator:Ryanair
Registration: EI-EFB
C/n / msn: 37532/2893
First flight: 2009-04-22 (5 years 3 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 171
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 177
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:London-Stansted Airport (STN) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ostrava-Leoš Janácek Airport (OSR/LKMT), Czech Republic
Destination airport:London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS), United Kingdom
Flightnumber:FR2369
Narrative:
A Boeing 737-8AS, operating flight FR2369 from Ostrava, Czech Republic to London-Stansted, UK, sustained damage in a tailstrike on landing on runway 04. There were no injuries among the 171 passengers and six crew members.

The pilots report that they flew an ILS approach for a Flaps 30 landing on runway 04 at Stansted Airport. At 500 feet, with the aircraft stabilised on the approach, the co-pilot, who was pilot flying, disconnected the autopilot and then the autothrottle and continued flying manually to land.
The wind in the final 200 feet before landing varied slightly from the ATC reported wind of 330° at 7 kt and the co-pilot was applying left aileron, into wind, which resulted in a touchdown on the left main landing gear first. The aircraft then bounced 5 feet back into the air. The thrust levers were retarded and reached idle approximately 2 seconds after the initial touchdown and the speed brakes were deployed.

Then there was a second much firmer touchdown, during which the aircraft had a high-nose attitude. This landing occurred at a deceleration of 2.07g and the pitch reached a peak of 8.9° nose up.
The landing rollout was normal. After shutdown, the cabin crew commented that the second landing was hard, so the captain conducted a visual inspection of the aircraft and found damage to the lower rear fuselage.
The visible damage consisted of a large scrape along the skin of the tail section of the aircraft; numerous stringers and frames beneath the surface were also damaged, requiring a substantial repair before the aircraft was returned to service on August 17, 2014.

The captain considered that the aircraft bounced because the first touchdown occurred with higher than idle thrust. When the thrust lever was selected to idle during the bounce, the speedbrakes deployed automatically; this caused a loss of lift, the nose of the aircraft to pitch up, and the subsequent tailstrike on touchdown.

Probable Cause:

No Probable Cause statement was issued by the AAIB

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 135 days (5 months)
Accident number: EW/G2014/07/31
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Bounced on landing
Tailstrike
Runway mishap

METAR Weather report:
21:20 UTC / 22:20 local time:
EGSS 292120Z 33006KT CAVOK 18/14 Q1015

21:50 UTC / 22:50 local time:
EGSS 292150Z 33007KT CAVOK 18/14 Q1015


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Distance from Ostrava-Leoš Janácek Airport to London-Stansted Airport as the crow flies is 1267 km (792 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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