Tailstrike Incident Airbus A340-312 LV-CEK, Monday 14 October 2013
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Date:Monday 14 October 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic A343 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A340-312
Owner/operator:Aerolineas Argentinas
Registration: LV-CEK
MSN: 94
Year of manufacture:1995
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-5C3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 316
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor, repaired
Location:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ) -   Argentina
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro/Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL)
Destination airport:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ)
Investigating agency: JIAAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Aerolineas Argentinas flight AR1133, an Airbus A340-300, suffered a tailstrike during on landing runway 11 at Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE).

It was determined that during an automatic landing, the autopilot disconnected just during de-rotation causing a sudden pitch up and the tail of the aircraft contacting the runway due to the combination of following:
- an involuntary movement of the sidestick, that exceeded the threshold permitted for autopilot operation and thus caused the disconnection of the autopilot
- incorrect control inputs during de-rotation that did not lower the nose without delay when manual control became necessary following main gear touch down
- following touchdown and pitch up manual control inputs to limit the pitch attitude were not efficient and sufficiently accurate
- lack of verbal call outs like "Pitch" when the aircraft reached a high pitch attitude on the ground
- the maximum pitch attitude while on the ground was exceeded

These factors are attributable to the following root causes:

- Extension of crew duty time as set forth by current regulations could have created a situation of additional fatigue affecting the execution of the extensive procedure
- lack of experience in performing the autoland procedure in real situations, that could have caused the habit of raising the nose prior to touchdown or override the sidestick


SAEZ 141000Z 18002KT 1500 R11/0400N MIFG BR NSC 14/13 Q1016
SAEZ 140900Z 15002KT 2000 R11/0600D MIFG BR NSC 14/13 Q1015
SAEZ 140800Z 18002KT 4900 R11/0600D MIFG BR SCT011 BKN200 14/13 Q1015

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: JIAAC
Report number: 703/13
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

12-May-2024 14:50 Bandit Added
12-May-2024 14:53 ASN Updated [Total occupants, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report]
12-May-2024 14:55 ASN Updated [Narrative]

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