Accident Airbus A321-211 F-GYAJ, Monday 9 February 2009
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Date:Monday 9 February 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A321-211
Owner/operator:Air Méditerranée
Registration: F-GYAJ
MSN: 2707
Year of manufacture:2006
Total airframe hrs:11482 hours
Cycles:3542 flights
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-5B3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 229
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor, repaired
Location:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) -   France
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dakar-Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR/GOOY)
Destination airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG)
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight DR8177 departed Dakar, Senegal at 17:35 UTC on a passenger service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France.
En route the crew received information that it there was light snowfall at CDG.
During the approach briefing the crew planned an ILS approach to runway 26L at 146 kt (Vref + 8 kt), full flaps, and autobrakes at medium.
At 23:22 UTC (00:23 local time) the captain announced that the runway was in sight, as the aircraft was passes through a height of 240 feet. He then disconnected the autopilot. The aircraft was above the glideslope as the descent towards the runway was continued. After flying over the runway threshold at 85 ft, the captain began flaring at 40 ft. The aircraft touched down approximately 1050 m from the 26L threshold. Ground speed was 139 kt. With reversers selected at idle the crew noted that deceleration was not as expected. The captain then selected maximum reverse and began applying manual braking. At the end of the runway the captain steered the plane onto taxiway V1. At a ground speed of 41 knots the aircraft ran off the taxiway, coming to rest after 20 m.
The left main gear and nose gear were damaged and deemed irreparable. The right main gear and 2 engine were also damaged.

Causes of the accident:
The accident was due to the continuation of landing when it touched down long and it was found that external conditions were more degraded than those previously reported to the crew.
The following have contributed to the occurrence of this accident:
- contamination of runway 08R/26L and degradation of the surface state (Rubber coating and deterioration of the surface) between 900 m and 300 m from THR 08R;
- the erroneous determination of the runway 08R/26L conditions due to inadequate organization ground operations, monitoring the status of the platform in case of snow and maintenance of runways;
- misinformation about the condition of the track, transmitted to the crew does not permit him to adopt the necessary measures;
- non-use of thrust reversers.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Report number: f-aj090208
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Download report: Final report



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