Vietjet A321 at Dong Hoi on Oct 16th 2020, hard landing at +4.27G

Last Update: October 30, 2020 / 18:05:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 16, 2020

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VJ-260

Aircraft Registration
VN-A639

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

A Vietjet Air Airbus A321-200, registration VN-A639 performing flight VJ-260 from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi (Vietnam), landed on Dong Hoi's runway 29 but touched down at about 4.27G. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron.

A post flight inspection revealed substantial structural damage also visible by creases in the fuselage skin. Nose wheel attachment bolts were missing.

The aircraft is still on the ground in Dong Hoi 14 days after the occurrence.

No Metars are available, sources report the runway was wet, the winds were from 020 degrees (90 degrees crosswind from the right) at 23 knots gusting up to 33 knots.

The airline announced on Oct 17th 2020, that a number of flights to the central region of Vietnam including Dong Hoi were cancelled due to deteriorating weather in the region.

On Oct 16th 2020 Tropical Depression Ofel made landfall in central Vietnam causing extensive floodings and 10 fatalities on the ground, maximum wind speeds at the time of landfall in Vietnam between Dong Hoi and Da Nang were estimated by Weather services at around 20-25 knots with moderate vertical windshear.

On Oct 30th 2020 Vietnam's Civil Aviation Authority (VCAA) reported the aircraft sustained substantial damage in a severe hard landing at Dong Hoi on Oct 16th 2020. An investigation has been opened.

On Oct 24th 2020 Reader xyz provided following Metars for Dong Hoi:
VVDH 161230Z 02021G31KT 6000 -RA BKN013 OVC021 27/26 Q1007 NOSIG=
VVDH 161200Z 02024G35KT 5000 RA FEW011 BKN013 OVC040 26/26 Q1006 NOSIG=
VVDH 161130Z 02021G32KT 2800 +RA SCT013 BKN020 OVC040 26/26 Q1006 BECMG 6000 -RA=
VVDH 161125Z 04018G28KT 2900 +RA SCT013 BKN020 OVC040 26/26 Q1006 BECMG 6000 -RA=
VVDH 161122Z 02020G30KT 3800 +RA SCT013 BKN020 OVC040 27/26 Q1006 BECMG 6000 -RA=
VVDH 161100Z 02023G33KT 8000 FEW010 BKN015 OVC045 27/24 Q1005 NOSIG=
VVDH 161030Z 03021G33KT 5000 RA SCT008 BKN014 OVC029 27/25 Q1005 BECMG 04021KT 6000 -RA=
VVDH 161019Z 03023G33KT 4500 RA SCT009 BKN013 OVC029 27/25 Q1005 BECMG 04021KT 6000 -RA=
VVDH 161000Z 03021KT 9000 SCT008 BKN018 OVC040 27/24 Q1005 NOSIG=
VVDH 160930Z 04019G29KT 9000 -RA FEW010 BKN014 OVC023 26/25 Q1005 NOSIG=
VVDH 160917Z 04020G32KT 010V070 8000 -RA FEW012 BKN016 OVC021 27/26 Q1005 NOSIG=
VVDH 160900Z 03016KT 9000 FEW012 BKN041 27/26 Q1004 NOSIG=
VVDH 160830Z 03016KT 4500 RA SCT013 BKN041 27/26 Q1005 BECMG 6000 -RA=
VVDH 160800Z 02015KT 9999 FEW015 BKN042 27/24 Q1005 NOSIG=
VVDH 160730Z 03014KT 9999 SCT015 OVC044 27/25 Q1005 NOSIG=
VVDH 160700Z 02012KT 9999 SCT013 OVC045 27/24 Q1006 NOSIG=

The closest Airport Da Nang, located 125nm southeast of Dong Hoi, showed following METARs:
VVDN 161200Z 00000KT 8000 SCT012 FEW015CB BKN050 25/25 Q1004 TEMPO 3500 SHRA=
VVDN 161130Z 00000KT 8000 SCT012 FEW015CB BKN050 25/25 Q1004 TEMPO 3500 SHRA=
VVDN 161100Z VRB02KT 8000 SCT012 FEW015CB BKN050 25/25 Q1004 TEMPO 3500 SHRA=
VVDN 161030Z VRB01KT 8000 SCT012 FEW015CB BKN050 26/25 Q1002 TEMPO 3500 SHRA=
VVDN 161000Z VRB02KT 8000 -RA SCT012 FEW015CB BKN050 26/25 Q1002 TEMPO 3500 SHRA=
VVDN 160930Z 23006KT 6000 -RA FEW005 BKN010 FEW015CB OVC050 26/25 Q1002 TEMPO 3000 SHRA=
VVDN 160900Z 19011KT 130V230 3500 -TSRA SCT005 BKN010 FEW015CB OVC050 25/24 Q1001 TEMPO 2000 +TSRA=
VVDN 160830Z 19004G18KT 4000 -TSRA FEW005 BKN012 FEW015CB OVC050 27/26 Q1000 TEMPO 2000 +TSRA=
COR VVDN 160800Z 17003G16KT 1500 +TSRA FEW005 BKN012 FEW015CB OVC050 27/26 Q1000 BECMG TL0830 2500 TSRA=
VVDN 160730Z 04007G20KT 360V120 3500 -TSRA FEW005 BKN012 FEW015CB OVC050 27/25 Q1002 TEMPO 2000 +TSRA=
VVDN 160700Z 33005KT 270V020 3000 -TSRA FEW005 SCT012 FEW015CB OVC050 25/25 Q1002 TEMPO 2000 +TSRA=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 16, 2020

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VJ-260

Aircraft Registration
VN-A639

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

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