Serious incident Avro RJ100 HB-IXN, Wednesday 2 April 2003
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Date:Wednesday 2 April 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic RJ1H model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro RJ100
Registration: HB-IXN
MSN: E3286
Year of manufacture:1996
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 69
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) -   Netherlands
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM)
Investigating agency: Dutch Safety Board
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft was en route from Zurich (Switzerland) to Amsterdam. While holding over Amsterdam Airport Schiphol the crew noticed that the elevator trim was blocked although the elevator itself functioned normally. Because it appeared to be impossible to (re)trim the aircraft around its lateral axis the captain decided to issue a ‘MAYDAY’ call to air traffic control (ATC) and to inform the passengers and cabin crew. Due to the expected higher control forces the captain also decided to make a landing without the use of flaps. The consequence of a flapless landing is a substantial higher landing speed with possible damage to tires and brakes. Therefore the crew decided to remain longer in the holding in order to burn more fuel and thus reduce the landing weight, and the captain requested emergency services
near the landing runway. Before landing the passengers and cabin crew were instructed to assume the ‘brace for impact’ position. The landing itself was uneventful but, due to the high landing speed of 186 knots and the subsequent hard braking, the wheel brake temperatures rose to 650 degrees Celsius. The safety plugs in the tires remained intact and the aircraft taxied to the platform without any assistance.
All occupants could safely disembark the aircraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Dutch Safety Board
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Dutch Safety Board

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

19 April 2005 HB-IXN Swiss Inernational Air Lines 0 Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH) non

Revision history:

25-Sep-2020 13:41 ASN Update Bot Added
26-Sep-2020 11:30 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2020 11:30 harro Updated [Damage]
14-Jun-2022 02:42 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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