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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 2 August 1993
Time:09:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-222
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: N508UA
C/n / msn: 24744
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:9483
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 157
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 164
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Portland International Airport, OR (PDX/KPDX), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Narrative:
A Boeing 757-222 operated by United Airlines sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN).
The first officer, who was flying the airplane, was making a visual approach to runway 26R. Although the approach was stable from 500 feet, the landing flare was initiated late, and the airplane touched down firmly. It bounced slightly and assumed a nose high attitude. When it touched down again, the tail scraped the runway.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause:
The first officer's improper recovery from a bounced landing. Factors were: the first officer's delayed initiation of the flare, and the captain's improper supervision of the flight.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 93 days (3 months)
Accident number: DEN93LA098
Download report: Summary report

Classification:

Tailstrike

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Portland International Airport, OR to Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO as the crow flies is 1570 km (981 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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