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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231842
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Time:c. 03:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-343
Owner/operator:THY - Turkish Airlines
Registration: TC-LOL
MSN: 1098
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 295
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO) -   Nigeria
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Istanbul Airport (IST/LTFM)
Destination airport:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO)
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Turkish Airlines Flight TK627, an Airbus A330-300, suffered damaged tyres on landing at Port Harcourt Airport, Nigeria.

At 03:10 local time, TK627 established two-way contact with Port Harcourt Approach and reported descending to FL220 on-course to the NAPVA reporting point, and received weather information with relevant clearances.
At 03:30 the aircraft touched down with its main landing gear at about 612 m from the threshold, right of the runway centreline, crossed the right-side runway strip marking onto the right runway shoulder, impacted and damaged three runway edge lights, and returned to the runway at a distance of about 1,037 m from the threshold. The tyre marks further indicated that the aircraft returned to the runway centreline at about 1,478 m from the threshold.
The approach was performed at night and the crew reported haze and patches of fog at low level.
The Port Harcourt International Airport runway was equipped with only edge lights with no centreline and runway touchdown zone lights.

The investigation identified the following:
Causal factor
The extra right aileron and rudder input by the PF in the last 100 ft caused the aircraft to drift right of the runway centreline.
Contributory factor
1. The inappropriate rudder application by the flight crew in the last 45 ft did not prevent the right drift before touchdown but rather increased the drift at touchdown.
2. The non-adherence to the provisions of the Standard Operating Procedures as contained in the Turkish Airlines Flight Crew Techniques Manual.


AIB Nigeria

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: AIB Nigeria

Revision history:

31-Dec-2019 15:34 Added
31-Dec-2019 15:36 harro Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
28-Jul-2021 19:54 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Source, Narrative, Accident report]
28-Jul-2021 19:55 harro Updated [Photo]

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