Stobart AT72 at Isle of Man on Dec 18th 2017, tail strike on landing

Last Update: May 10, 2018 / 15:56:45 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 18, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BE-194

Aircraft Registration
EI-REM

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-72-200

ICAO Type Designator
AT72

A Stobart Air Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A on behalf of Flybe, registration EI-REM performing flight BE-194 from Birmingham,EN to Isle of Man (UK) with 70 passengers and 4 crew, landed on Isle of Man's runway 26 but struck its tail onto the runway surface. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron.

According to radar data the aircraft continued service departing for the next scheduled flight about one hour after landing from Birmingham.

The British AAIB reported there were no injuries, the Aer Arann ATR-72 (s/n: 760 - editorial note: Aer Arann was renamed to Stobart Air) sustained minor damage when it suffered a tailstrike upon landing during the flight from Birmingham to Isle of Man. The occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated.

On May 10th 2018 the AAIB released their brief bulletin stating the aircraft encountered a vertical acceleration of +1.31G on touchdown, while the pitch had increased to 6 degrees nose up and the speed had reduced below calculated approach speed during the flare. The tower controller reported seeing sparks from under the rear fuselage, the flight crew had not been aware of the tail possibly contacting the runway surface. The aircraft was inspected, maintenance found light abrasions on the tail bumper. The damage was so limited, that no maintenance action was needed.

The Flight Data Monitoring revealed touchdown had occurred at 6.94 degrees nose up.

The AAIB reported: "The commander assessed that the tail strike occurred due to a combination of the downwards slope at the runway touch down zone, the slightly high pitch angle at touchdown, reducing airspeed and the high landing weight of the aircraft."
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 18, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BE-194

Aircraft Registration
EI-REM

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-72-200

ICAO Type Designator
AT72

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