Virgin Australia B738 at Maroochydore on Dec 26th 2017, hard touch down during go around
Last Update: December 27, 2017 / 17:43:02 GMT/Zulu time
Passengers reported the aircraft hit the runway hard with loud noise.
The airline reported: "The safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority. VA1507 was not able to safely land at Maroochydore Airport yesterday morning so the Captain made the decision to divert to Brisbane Airport, where guests were taken by bus to Maroochydore Airport. We apologise for any inconvenience caused" in response to our inquiry asking: "Is the narrative by the passengers correct, that there was a hard touchdown associated with noise? Did this indeed result in a tail strike? What can you say preliminarily about the damage - would the damage need to be rated substantial or minor? How many passengers and crew were on board?"
The ATSB indicated their offices are closed until Jan 2nd 2018, no inquiries would be answered until then.
The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Brisbane about 26 hours after landing in Brisbane before returning to service.
No weather data are available for Maroochydore.
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