ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-86N EC-HMK Shannon Airport (SNN)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 30 November 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-86N
Operator:Futura International Airways
Registration: EC-HMK
MSN: 28624/585
First flight: 2000
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 202
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 208
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Ireland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lanzarote Airport (ACE/GCRR), Spain
Destination airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland
The accident followed an uneventful flight of returning holiday-makers, from Lanzarote, Spain, to Shannon, with the landing carried out on runway 24. Weather conditions in the approach and landing area showed rain, strong winds and associated turbulence. On landing, the aircraft’s nose wheel assembly collapsed rearwards.  The aircraft continued along most of the length of runway 24 on its nose, finally coming to a halt beyond taxiway Alpha. An evacuation was carried out.

Probable Cause:

CAUSAL FACTORS: "The accident was due to an excessive control column forward input, causing negative pitch attitude which led to a very high impact loading on the nose undercarriage, leading to the severing of the two nose wheels and the collapse of the nose gear strut assembly rearwards. This followed a chain of events, which contributed to the accident including the wind gusts, turbulence, the use of the autothrottle and the decision to land from an unstabilized final approach."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AAIU Ireland
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 273 days (9 months)
Accident number: AAIU Report No. 2001-010
Download report: Final report

Landing after unstabilized approach
Landing gear collapse
Runway mishap

Follow-up / safety actions

AAIU issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Lanzarote Airport to Shannon Airport as the crow flies is 2653 km (1658 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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