Yakutia B738 at Neryungri on Dec 11th 2018, rejected takeoff after tailstrike

Last Update: January 24, 2019 / 16:00:06 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 11, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
R3-4441

Aircraft Registration
VP-BVE

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Yakutia Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration VP-BVE performing flight R3-4441 from Neryungri to Krasnojarsk (Russia) with 102 passengers and 6 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Neryungri's runway 26 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed (about 60 knots over ground) after the tail of the aircraft contacted the runway surface. The aircraft slowed without further incident and returned to the apron. There were no injuries, the damage is being assessed.

The airline reported the crew rejected takeoff in the early stages of the takeoff due to an incorrect takeoff configuration which did not permit the continuation of takeoff.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Neryungri about 13 hours after the rejected takeoff.

On Dec 12th 2018 Rosaviatsia reported the aircraft carried 102 passengers and 6 crew, 986kg of luggage, 71kg of mail and 3594 kg of cargo. During takeoff the tail contacted the runway, the takeoff was aborted and the aircraft returned to the apron. There were no injuries. A post flight inspection found damage to the tail.

On Jan 24th 2019 East Siberian Transport Prosecution Office reported the captain of the flight was fined for 12500 Rubels according to administrative code due to attempting takeoff with the center of gravity (CG) outside permitted limits. The actual passenger seating was not in line with the load data computed by the crew. The states attorney said: "This was inadequate performance of duties by the flight crew." Charges have also been brought against the airline. Six officials of the airline including management have been brought to disciplinary responsibility.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 11, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
R3-4441

Aircraft Registration
VP-BVE

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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