Tailstrike Incident Avro RJ100 G-CFAH, Tuesday 29 March 2005
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Date:Tuesday 29 March 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic RJ1H model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro RJ100
Owner/operator:British Airways Citiexpress
Registration: G-CFAH
MSN: E3384
Year of manufacture:2001
Engine model:Lycoming LF507-1H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 109
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:London City Airport (LCY/EGLC) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG)
Destination airport:London City Airport (LCY/EGLC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The first officer had stabilised the aircraft on an ILS approach, at night, to runway 10. At 400 ft the commander sighted the runway lights, took control in accordance with the Operator’s procedures and disconnected the autopilot and autothrottle. During the landing flare the rate of descent appeared to be high and the commander corrected this by increasing the pitch attitude. The aircraft touched down at a body angle that exceeded the safe limit, causing the underside of the rear fuselage to contact the runway surface.

This tail scrape incident occurred because the thrust set, three seconds after the disengagement of the autothrottle,
was too low to maintain the required airspeed for the landing profile whilst the commander attempted to maintain the correct glideslope. A high rate of descent developed which the commander attempted to reduce by increasing the flare which caused the aircraft fuselage to exceed the body contact angle of 6.9º causing minor damage to the tail strike protection plate.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2005/03/06
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



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