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

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 26, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
VA-1507

Aircraft Registration
VH-VUX

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800, registration VH-VUX performing flight VA-1507 from Melbourne,VI to Maroochydore,QL (Australia), was on final approach to Maroochydore's runway 36 when the crew initiated a go around, the aircraft touched down before climbing out again. The aircraft entered a hold at 4000 feet while the crew assessed the situation. The aircraft subsequently diverted to Brisbane, where the aircraft landed on runway 19 without further incident about 40 minutes after the go around.

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.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
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Country of Registration
Australia
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Manufacturer
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Aircraft Model / Type
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ICAO Aircraft Type
B738
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Engine Count
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 26, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
VA-1507

Aircraft Registration
VH-VUX

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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