Tailstrike Accident Boeing 757-204 G-BYAO, Thursday 12 May 2005
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Date:Thursday 12 May 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 757-204
Owner/operator:Thomson Airways
Registration: G-BYAO
MSN: 27235/598
Year of manufacture:1994
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 242
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Destination airport:Gran Canaria Airport (LPA/GCLP),
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During the takeoff staff in the airfield’s ATC tower and the crew of another aircraft, which was stationary at a holding point on the aerodrome, saw a significant amount of smoke emanate from the rear of the aircraft as it lifted off the runway. At the same time the crew in the aircraft heard a noise and felt a slight bump. The commander advised ATC that they thought that they had suffered a tailstrike and intended to return to the airfield.

The aircraft made a gentle, uneventful landing back at Manchester, 12 tonnes over the maximum landing weight, and used the full length of the runway to minimise the load on the brakes. The tailstrike was the result of an excessive rate of rotation during the takeoff. This was exacerbated by a variable headwind component which contributed to a lift off speed that was lower than intended by the manufacturer and compounded the loss of tail clearance.

The operator has since amended his procedures to ensure better flying continuity, guidance for newly trained co-pilots and the inclusion in his operations manual of the advice given in the Boeing 757 Flight Crew Training Manual on the subject of takeoffs in Gusty Wind and Strong Crosswind Conditions

Nature of Damage to airframe: Scrapes and wear to the rear of aircraft in vicinity of the tail scrape limiting device and auxiliary power unit access doors

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


1. https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/boeing-757-204-g-byao-12-may-2005
2. http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/
3. http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b757-27235.htm


Thomson Airways Boeing 757-204 G-BYAO at Manchester (MAN) 14.05.2011 Thomson Airways Boeing 757-204; G-BYAO@MAN;14.05.2011 596eg (5732414617)

Revision history:

09-Nov-2013 17:44 ryan Added
03-Dec-2014 23:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Dec-2014 23:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
04-Dec-2014 00:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator]
11-Aug-2016 13:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Total occupants, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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