Via A320 at Leipzig on Jul 4th 2014, tail strike on short bounced landing

Last Update: October 10, 2014 / 14:36:10 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 4, 2014

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Via

Flight number
VL-501

Destination
Leipzig, Germany

Aircraft Registration
LZ-MDB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
EDDP

A Air Via Airbus A320-200, registration LZ-MDB performing flight VL-501 from Varna (Bulgaria) to Leipzig (Germany) with 149 passengers and 6 crew, landed short while on approach to Leipzig's runway 08R, bounced and touched down a second time about 300 meters/1000 feet down the runway with the tail contacting the runway surface at about 12:57L (10:57Z). The aircraft rolled out without further incident but sustained substantial damage to the tail.

An observer on the ground reported the aircraft touched down short of the runway, briefly lifted off again and touched down a second time in a very nose high attitude, the tail impacted the runway surface just at the runway threshold with a loud noise before the aircraft settled on the runway.

Photographic evidence shows the aircraft with the tail contacting the runway surface at the markers 1000 feet past the runway threshold (the markers looking very similiar to the threshold "piano keys").

On Jul 7th 2014 Germany's BFU reported that the occurrence has been rated an accident, the BFU is investigating. No further details are currently available as the investigation is about to collect the evidence.

On Oct 10th 2014 Germany's BFU reported in their (delayed) monthly bulletin that the crew performed an ILS approach to runway 08R. The aircraft crossed the runway threshold at about 50-60 feet AGL at 130 KIAS according to the captain's testimony, touched down hard and bounced reaching about 3-4 feet height before touching down a second time with the tail contacting the runway surface during second touch down.

The BFU reported that on first touchdown at 118 KIAS a vertical acceleration of +1.9G was recorded by the flight data recorder, the gear sensors changed to airborne again and indicated a second touchdown at 114 KIAS about 3 seconds later, this time a vertical acceleration of about +1.45G was recorded.

The BFU reported the captain (54, ATPL, 16,800 hours total, 10,400 hours on type) was assisted by a first officer (38, CPL, 819 hours total, 649 hours on type), the bulletin does not mention who was pilot flying.

The BFU rated the occurrence an accident reporting there were no injuries, the damage consisted of scrapes beginning 10 cm ahead of frame 68 and ending past frame 74, the APU inlet showed traces of abrasion and the APU drain mast was bent and abraded.

Metars:
EDDP 041250Z 13010KT CAVOK 30/08 Q1012 NOSIG
EDDP 041220Z 13010KT CAVOK 30/09 Q1013 NOSIG
EDDP 041150Z 19009KT CAVOK 30/08 Q1013 NOSIG
EDDP 041120Z 14009KT CAVOK 29/07 Q1014 NOSIG
EDDP 041050Z 15009KT CAVOK 29/07 Q1015 NOSIG
EDDP 041020Z 21011KT CAVOK 28/07 Q1015 NOSIG
EDDP 040950Z 18009KT CAVOK 28/08 Q1015 NOSIG
EDDP 040920Z 18006KT CAVOK 27/09 Q1016 NOSIG
EDDP 040850Z 18007KT 150V210 CAVOK 27/10 Q1016 NOSIG
EDDP 040820Z 20008KT CAVOK 25/11 Q1016 NOSIG
EDDP 040750Z 20008KT CAVOK 24/11 Q1017 NOSIG
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 4, 2014

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Via

Flight number
VL-501

Destination
Leipzig, Germany

Aircraft Registration
LZ-MDB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
EDDP

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