Tailstrike Serious incident Boeing 737-8AS EI-DYD, Thursday 11 September 2008
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Date:Thursday 11 September 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-8AS
Registration: EI-DYD
MSN: 33632/2544
Year of manufacture:2008
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 154
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW) -   Ireland
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW)
Destination airport:Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS)
Investigating agency: AAIU
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During take-off, the Tail Skid Assembly shoe on the underside of the aft fuselage came into contact with the runway surface. The aircraft continued on its departure, and levelled off at Flight Level (FL)120, where the Flight Crew then completed the ‘Tailstrike on Takeoff’ checklist.

While completing this checklist the aircraft was depressurised. After communication with the Cabin Crew, the passenger oxygen masks were deployed manually. The Flight Crew declared an Emergency and returned to Dublin Airport where the flight landed without further incident.

Probable Cause
The aircraft was depressurised manually at FL120 by the Flight Crew while carrying out a Non-Normal Checklist subsequent to a low-severity tailstrike event.
(c) Contributory Causes
1. Allowing the aircraft to climb and pressurise while the nature of the problem was not clearly established.
2. Actioning a Non-Normal Checklist without fully appreciating the consequences of such action.

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


1. http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/files/report-attachments/12484-REPORT_2009_025-0.pdf
2. https://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0911/107935-ryanair/

Revision history:

12-Sep-2008 03:07 number78 Added
17-May-2016 21:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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