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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 22 October 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-600 (72-212A)
Operated by:White Airways
On behalf of:TAP Express
Registration: CS-DJF
C/n / msn: 1284
First flight: 2015-11-20 (11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Lisboa-Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) (   Portugal)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Porto-Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO/LPPR), Portugal
Destination airport:Lisboa-Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
TAP Express flight TP1971, an ATR 72-600, suffered a landing accident at Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport in Portugal.
During the final approach on ILS runway 21 in the pilots encountered heavy rain conditions and wind gusts plus ascending and descending wind currents.
The aircraft suffered a hard touchdown, bounced, touched down hard again with excessive load on the nose gear causing both nose wheels to separate while the nose gear strut remained intact.
The aircraft still had too much kinetic energy and bounced a second time, touching the third time on the runway and rolling
on with the main gear and over the nose gear structure.
The crew and passengers were disembarked normally without any injury reports between them.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: GPIAAF Portugal
Status: Investigation ongoing
Duration: 26 days ()
Accident number: 15/ACCID/2016
Download report: Preliminary report



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Distance from Porto-Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport to Lisboa-Humberto Delgado Airport as the crow flies is 275 km (172 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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