United B763 at Houston on Jul 29th 2023, hard landing

Last Update: August 19, 2023 / 09:17:18 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 29, 2023

Classification
Accident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-702

Aircraft Registration
N641UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

Airport ICAO Code
KIAH

A United Boeing 767-300, registration N641UA performing flight UA-702 from Newark,NJ to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) with 193 passengers and 9 crew, landed on Houston's runway 26L at 10:34L (15:34Z) but touched down hard. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron. There were no injuries.

According to information The Aviation Herald received the aircraft sustained substantial damage including wrinkles in the fuselage.

The FAA reported: "AIRCRAFT MADE A HARD LANDING AND POST FLIGHT INSPECTION REVEALED DAMAGE TO THE FUSELAGE, HOUSTON, TX."

The aircraft is still on the ground in Houston about 50 hours after landing.

On Aug 19th 2023 the NTSB released their preliminary report stating:

The flight crew reported that the first officer (FO) was the pilot flying and the captain was the pilot monitoring. The departure from EWR and the cruise segment of the flight were uneventful. Upon arrival at IAH, they were cleared for the DOOBI2 arrival and the ILS 26L approach. According to the flight crew, the airplane was fully configured for landing, on speed and in compliance with the company’s stable approach criteria and the initial touchdown on the main wheels was normal. The FO stated that after the main landing gear touched down, he held aft pressure on the control yoke to keep the nose wheel from hitting the runway; however, the nose wheel made contact with abnormal force. The airplane appeared to bounce, and he reacted by pulling aft on the control yoke, in an effort to keep the nose wheel from impacting the runway a second time. Subsequently, the speed brakes deployed, and the auto brakes engaged which resulted in a second bounce of the nose wheel. He deployed the thrust reversers, and the airplane began to decelerate. The captain assumed control of the airplane and the remainder of the landing rollout was normal with no risk of runway overrun or excursion.

A preliminary review of the flight data recorder (FDR) revealed that after the initial touchdown on both main wheels, the airplane rolled to the left and right main gear lifted off the runway’s surface. Subsequently, the nose wheel touched down with a gravitational force equivalent (g) of about 1.4 g and bounced. The speed brakes deployed, and the nose wheel impacted the runway a second time with a force of about 1.6 g followed by another bounce. The right thrust reverser (TR) deployed, and the nose wheel impacted the runway again with a force of about 1.6 g followed by the deployment of the left TR.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the crown of the upper fuselage.



Metars:
KIAH 291753Z 17005KT 10SM SCT050 SCT250 34/21 A3010 RMK AO2 SLP193 T03390211 10339 20239 58011=
KIAH 291653Z 00000KT 10SM SCT045 SCT250 33/22 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP198 T03280222=
KIAH 291553Z 15003KT 10SM SCT035 BKN250 31/22 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP203 T03110217=
KIAH 291453Z 22005KT 10SM SCT025 BKN250 30/23 A3014 RMK AO2 SLP204 T03000233 51012 $=
KIAH 291353Z 00000KT 10SM SCT020 SCT250 29/24 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP201 T02940244 $=
KIAH 291253Z 00000KT 10SM FEW020 SCT250 27/24 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP196 T02720244 $=
KIAH 291153Z 00000KT 10SM FEW020 SCT250 24/23 A3010 RMK AO2 SLP192 T02390233 10272 20239 53012 $=
KIAH 291053Z 00000KT 10SM FEW023 SCT250 24/23 A3008 RMK AO2 SLP186 T02440233 $=
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N641UA
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
767-322
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
B763
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
Jul 29, 2023

Classification
Accident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-702

Aircraft Registration
N641UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

Airport ICAO Code
KIAH

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