Delta B752 at Atlanta on Mar 7th 2013, tail strike on landing

Last Update: February 27, 2014 / 12:00:43 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 7, 2013

Classification
Accident

Flight number
DL-1693

Aircraft Registration
N698DL

Aircraft Type
Boeing 757-200

ICAO Type Designator
B752

Airport ICAO Code
KATL

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N698DL performing flight DL-1693 from Santa Ana,CA to Atlanta,GA (USA) with 142 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Atlanta's runway 28 at 19:21L (00:21Z Mar 8th), clear skies, visibility 10km or more. The aircraft's Vref was computed at 129 KIAS at flaps 25, and the aircraft was flown at Vref. Upon landing the first officer, pilot monitoring, announced "speedbrakes not activated", the captain, pilot flying, felt the aircraft was floating and attempted to maintain landing attitude. The speed decayed to 115 KIAS, the pitch attitude increased to 11 degrees and the tail made contact with the runway. The aircraft subsequently rolled out without further incident and taxied to the gate, where ground personnel informed the crew about damage to the tail of the aircraft.

The accident became known through a brief factual report released by the NTSB in 2014.

The NTSB reported the aircraft received substantial damage to the aft pressurization dome, which buckled, as well as several stringers, there was also an 8 feet long scrape on the lower aft fuselage.

According to the flight data recorder the aircraft made an initial touchdown followed by a brief gear squat switch deactivation indicative of a slight bounce or light touchdown, the speedbrakes were then manually deployed.

On Feb 27th 2014 the NTSB released their brief final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

the pilot's failure to maintain correct airspeed and pitch attitude at touchdown



Metars:
KATL 080652Z 33009KT 10SM CLR 03/M03 A3022 RMK AO2 SLP238 T00331028=
KATL 080552Z 32007KT 10SM CLR 04/M02 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP233 T00391022 10111 20039 58006=
KATL 080452Z 34008KT 10SM CLR 04/M02 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP235 T00441017 401501006=
KATL 080352Z 33009KT 10SM CLR 06/M02 A3022 RMK AO2 SLP238 T00561017=
KATL 080252Z 33007KT 10SM CLR 07/M02 A3022 RMK AO2 SLP240 T00671017 50005=
KATL 080152Z 34006KT 10SM CLR 08/M02 A3023 RMK AO2 SLP241 T00831017=
KATL 080052Z 32007KT 10SM CLR 09/M02 A3022 RMK AO2 SLP239 T00941017=
KATL 072352Z 32009KT 10SM FEW200 11/M03 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP234 T01111028 10150 20111 53012=
KATL 072252Z 32013G17KT 10SM FEW200 13/M03 A3019 RMK AO2 SLP227 T01331028=
KATL 072152Z 31007KT 10SM FEW200 14/M04 A3017 RMK AO2 SLP221 T01441039=
KATL 072052Z 32008KT 10SM FEW200 15/M03 A3017 RMK AO2 SLP221 T01501028 56017=
KATL 071952Z 33010KT 10SM FEW200 15/M02 A3018 RMK AO2 SLP224 T01501022=
KATL 071852Z VRB06KT 10SM FEW200 13/M02 A3020 RMK AO2 SLP230 T01331017=
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N698DL
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
757-232
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
B752
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
Mar 7, 2013

Classification
Accident

Flight number
DL-1693

Aircraft Registration
N698DL

Aircraft Type
Boeing 757-200

ICAO Type Designator
B752

Airport ICAO Code
KATL

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