Canada B773 at Hong Kong on Dec 11th 2018, tail strike on landing

Last Update: February 12, 2019 / 16:23:14 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 11, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-15

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
C-FITW

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

Airport ICAO Code
VHHH

An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FITW performing flight AC-15 (dep Dec 10th) from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Hong Kong (China) with 386 passengers and 17 crew, performed an ILS approach to runway 07R. After landing at 14:53L (06:53Z), while receiving taxi instructions, the crew reported they had encountered turbulence on landing and recommended a runway check. The controller did not understand, the crew reported they had turbulence on landing, the controller acknowledged. The aircraft taxied to the apron.

A post flight inspection revealed evidence of a tail strike.

The return flight was cancelled, the occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Hong Kong about 39 hours after landing.

On Dec 13th 2018 the Canadian TSB reported the aircraft sustained a tail strike due to a hard landing causing structural damage requiring major repairs. The occurrence was rated an accident. Hong Kong's Air Accident Investigation Authority is investigating.

Hong Kong's Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) released their preliminary report reporting the first officer was pilot flying from Top of Descent to landing, with the captain (ATPL, 22,375 hours total, 6,416 hours on type) also being rated Initial Operating Experience Training Captain (IOETC) assuming the role as pilot monitoring.

The AAIA wrote with respect to the first officer: "This flight was the first B777 operating flight for the FO, the first actual landing of a B777 outside of a B777 Level D flight simulator and the first arrival into Hong Kong as an operating crew member."

The AAIA reported the approach was stabilized though marginally above the glideslope. The first officer disconnected the autopilot at 400 feet AGL. Descending through 200 feet AGL several roll oscillations followed by a pronounced roll to the left and a roll to the right occurred as the pilot flying introduced large control inputs in response to unexpected roll behaviour. The aircraft touched down in right bank, the right main gear touched down first in a high nose up attitude at a high rate of descent, the underside of the fuselage contacted the runway surface, the aircraft bounced and returned onto the runway center line and rolled out without further incident.

The AAIA wrote: "Subsequent inspection of the underside of the rear fuselage indicated the aircraft sustained damage to the rear lower fuselage requiring major repair or replacement of the affected components. The aircraft is currently unserviceable and is undergoing a major repair process to rectify the lower fuselage damage prior to a return to operational service."

Metars:
VHHH 110800Z 33014KT CAVOK 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 110730Z 34013KT 9999 FEW040 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 110700Z 33016KT 9999 FEW040 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 110630Z 33012KT 9999 FEW040 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 110600Z 34011KT 9999 FEW028 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 110530Z 33011KT 9999 FEW028 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 110500Z 33012KT 9999 FEW025 17/10 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 110430Z 34013KT 9999 FEW025 17/10 Q1021 NOSIG=
VHHH 110400Z 34011KT 9999 FEW022 18/10 Q1021 NOSIG=
VHHH 110330Z 34012KT 9999 FEW022 17/11 Q1022 NOSIG=
VHHH 110300Z 34013KT 9999 FEW022 16/11 Q1022 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 11, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-15

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
C-FITW

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

Airport ICAO Code
VHHH

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