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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202611
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Time:03:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-83N (WL)
Owner/operator:Jet Airways
Registration: VT-JGE
MSN: 32663/1608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 154
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Kolkata-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU/VECC) -   India
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM/VABB)
Destination airport:Kolkata-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU/VECC)
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Jet Airways flight number 9W615 from Mumbai to Kolkata and Bagdogra, India took off from Mumbai at 01:41 UTC. The flight to Kolkata
was uneventful till touchdown. The approach was normal and the captain at 6000 feet requested ATC for high speed descend. ATC allowed high speed descend and assigned runway 19L for landing. Landing flaps were selected at 30. However, there was discussion between the pilots regarding the possible use of flaps 40. Visibility at the time of landing was 800 m and the crew decided to carry out a dual auto pilot approach with the intention of carrying out a manual landing. Approach speed was 153 kts and Vref was 148 kts. The landing was carried out by the captain and co-pilot was monitoring the instruments.
During landing at 03:40 UTC aircraft touched down with a pitch of 5.1 and speed Vref -10 kts. The flare lasted for about 14 seconds (from 30 ft to main gear touchdown) and the aircraft pitch reached 9.14. The aft fuselage and tail skid contacted the runway. G force recorded during touchdown was 1.36 g. After landing the aircraft taxied to the bay on its own power. Passengers and crew disembarked from the aircraft normally.
During the post flight walk around inspection by the AME, damages were noticed to tail skid and aft belly of the aircraft. There was no fire or any injury to person on board the aircraft.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Decrease of airspeed below Vref during landing process and increase in pitch attitude resulted in tail strike."


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

06-Dec-2017 19:00 harro Added
06-Dec-2017 19:04 harro Updated [Narrative]

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