Republic E175 at Washington on Feb 28th 2022, hole in fuselage on landing, runway closed 90 minutes later

Last Update: March 2, 2022 / 07:45:26 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 28, 2022

Classification
Accident

Flight number
AA-4541

Aircraft Registration
N402YX

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-175

ICAO Type Designator
E175

Airport ICAO Code
KDCA

A Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N402YX performing flight AA-4541 from Providence,RI to Washington National,DC (USA), landed on Ronald Reagan Airport's runway 19 at 18:47L (23:47Z), a loud noise occurred at touchdown. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron maintaining routine communication. The subsequent departure did not report any anomaly.

The FAA reported: "AIRCRAFT MADE A LOUD NOISE ON TOUCHDOWN AND POST FLIGHT INSPECTION REVEALED A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE AIRCRAFT, WASHINGTON, DC.", reported "SUBSTANTIAL" damage and rated the occurrence an accident.

At 20:05L (01:05Z Mar 1st) Airport Operations conducted a runway inspection and vacated the runway about a minute later. At 20:19L (01:19Z) Airport Operations, who had conducted the runway inspection, radioed tower again and closed runway 01/19 (see NOTAMs below). Up until that time, 92 minutes after N402YX touched down, runway 19 was used for both landings and takeoffs, no observations had been reported by any of the aircraft departing or landing or the runway inspection.

At 20:31L (01:31Z) Airport Operations requested to enter runway 19 from runway 04/22 to continue the runway 01/19 inspection and was cleared onto the runway. At 20:38L Airport Operations requested to also enter runway 33 towards the threshold runway 15 to "give it a good inspection after this situation", about 3 minutes later runway 15 returned to use.

Possibly related NOTAMs (starting about 1.5 hours after touchdown):
!DCA 03/004 DCA RWY 01/19 CLSD 2203010352-2203011100
!DCA 03/002 DCA RWY 01/19 CLSD 2203010153-2203010700
!DCA 03/001 DCA RWY 01/19 CLSD 2203010119-2203010300

Metars:
KDCA 010052Z 00000KT 10SM FEW085 SCT250 04/M08 A3026 RMK AO2 SLP245 T00441083=
KDCA 282352Z 10006KT 10SM FEW080 SCT250 06/M07 A3026 RMK AO2 SLP245 T00561072 10106 20056 53004=
KDCA 282252Z 10009KT 10SM FEW075 SCT250 07/M06 A3025 RMK AO2 SLP244 T00671056=
KDCA 282152Z 13009KT 10SM FEW070 SCT250 08/M06 A3024 RMK AO2 SLP241 T00831056=
KDCA 282052Z 06005KT 10SM FEW065 10/M08 A3024 RMK AO2 SLP241 T01001083 56010=
KDCA 281952Z 07005KT 10SM FEW060 10/M08 A3024 RMK AO2 SLP241 T01001083=
KDCA 281852Z 31006KT 10SM FEW055 10/M08 A3025 RMK AO2 SLP244 T01001078=
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N402YX
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
EMBRAER S A
Aircraft Model / Type
ERJ 170-200 LR
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
E175
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
Engine Type
Pounds of Thrust
Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 28, 2022

Classification
Accident

Flight number
AA-4541

Aircraft Registration
N402YX

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-175

ICAO Type Designator
E175

Airport ICAO Code
KDCA

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