Batavia B733 at Pontianak on Nov 22nd 2012, deer strike upon rotation

Last Update: February 5, 2013 / 07:32:06 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 22, 2012

Classification
Report

Airline
Batavia

Flight number
Y6-206

Aircraft Registration
PK-YVZ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

A Batavia Boeing 737-300, registration PK-YVZ performing flight Y6-206 from Pontianak to Jakarta (Indonesia) with 112 passengers and 6 crew, was accelerating for takeoff on Pontianak's runway 15, when immediately after rotation for takeoff began a loud bang was heard following by aircraft vibration and a yaw to the right. The captain (48, ATPL, 16,325 hours total, 10,587 hours on type), pilot flying, continued the takeoff. During the initial climb, after selecting the gear up, the left hand main gear continued to indicate red (unsafe), attempts to recycle the gear did not succeed. The flight attendant confirmed hearing a bang and feeling vibrations, the captain asked a company engineer, travelling as passenger on the flight, to the cockpit. The engineer checked the actual gear position through a viewing window in the passenger cabin and found the left main gear was in its usual position, however there was still some dim light in the wheel well area which normally would be entirely dark.

The captain inquired with Pontianak tower, the tower reported a dead deer had been found on the runway near taxiway D.

After assessing the situation the crew decided to continue the flight to Jakarta and requested emergency services on stand by upon arrival in Jakarta in case of unexpected condition during landing.

The aircraft flew an approach to Jakarta's runway 25L without further event and touched down normally with manual braking only about 70 minutes after departure, during the roll out however serious vibrations occurred and the aircraft swayed left and right of the runway center line. The crew stopped the aircraft safely at the end of the runway. The engineer disembarked to assess the damage, but reported there was no visible damage.

When after about 25 minutes no stairs and busses were available although requested to disembark the passengers, the airline decided to have the aircraft towed to the gate with passengers on board, the aircraft was towed to the apron about 35 minutes after landing.

Indonesia's NTSC released their preliminary report stating the first officer (41, CPL, no experience data provided) was pilot monitoring on that sector.

The aircraft received minor damage in the deer strike, both left hand wheels were damaged, the left hand main gear shimmy damper was fractured, the left hand main gear lower torsion link was fractured, left hand main gear door was missing, left main gear center fractured, left inboard spoiler bent, left main gear anti-skid wiring harness broken, lower wing access panel and support panel broken.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 22, 2012

Classification
Report

Airline
Batavia

Flight number
Y6-206

Aircraft Registration
PK-YVZ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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