Tailstrike Accident Boeing 737-924ER (WL) N62883, Wednesday 10 January 2024
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Date:Wednesday 10 January 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic B739 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-924ER (WL)
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: N62883
MSN: 42202/5463
Year of manufacture:2015
Total airframe hrs:27865 hours
Cycles:10115 flights
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 185
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH/KIAH), Houston, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX)
Destination airport:Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
United Airlines flight 2498 experienced a tail strike while landing at George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston, Texas. The flight was a regularly scheduled domestic passenger flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX), Phoenix, Arizona to IAH.

The flight crew statements and flight data showed a stable approach to the landing flare. The first officer was pilot flying and stated he began the flare slightly late. Both crewmembers stated the touchdown was firm with a slight “nose-high” bounce. The flight crew was not aware the airplane’s tail had impacted the runway until the ground crew at the gate notified them.

Flight data showed that the airplane touched down on the runway with a 6.5-degree nose-up attitude and vertical acceleration of 1.87g. The speed brakes deployed two seconds after the initial touchdown. At the same time, the aircraft became airborne again and the nose began to lower. Two seconds later, as the speed brakes retracted, the airplane’s pitch began to increase, and the airplane touched down a second time with pitch of 7.2 degrees and a vertical acceleration of about 2.87g. The airplane became airborne for a 3rd time for about a second before it touched down for the final time. The nose was lowered to the ground, and speed brakes were extended again.

Post-accident assessment of the aircraft revealed substantial damage to the auxiliary power unit (APU) firewall bulkhead that occurred as a result of the aircraft’s aft fuselage’s contact with the runway.

Probable Cause: The airplane’s aft fuselage impacted the runway as a result of a delayed flare and subsequent nose-high pitch inputs during the aircraft’s multiple touchdowns.


Weather about the incident time (1610Z):
KIAH 101553Z 16009KT 10SM FEW150 SCT250 13/01 A2996 RMK AO2 SLP145 T01280011
KIAH 101653Z 18009KT 10SM FEW250 17/03 A2995 RMK AO2 SLP142 T01670028

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA24LA065
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report





Revision history:

20-Jan-2024 19:54 harro Added
08-Feb-2024 19:50 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Accident report]
04-May-2024 17:30 ASN Updated [Narrative]
18-May-2024 19:24 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]

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