Tailstrike Incident McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63AF YA-VIC, Wednesday 11 August 2010
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Date:Wednesday 11 August 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63AF
Owner/operator:Kam Air
Registration: YA-VIC
MSN: 46126/524
Year of manufacture:1970
Engine model:Four Pratt & Whitney JT3D-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Manston-Kent International Airport (MSE/EGMH) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Manston-Kent International Airport (MSE/EGMH)
Destination airport:Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE/SAEZ)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During the takeoff the aircraft’s tail skid struck the end of Runway 28 at Manston, and also the soft ground beyond. An approach light for the reciprocal runway was destroyed by the aircraft’s main landing gear. The aircraft was chartered to fly a consignment of 36 polo ponies from Manston Airport in Kent to Buenos Aires in Argentina via a refuelling stop in the Cape Verde Islands.

After being informed of the tail strike, the crew continued the flight to the Cape Verde Islands, where inspection revealed that a tail strike had occurred, although the tail strike indicator was within limits

Post-incident calculations showed that the aircraft weight was more than 25,000 lb above the maximum allowable takeoff weight for the prevailing conditions. The investigation highlighted a number of procedural failings by the flight crew, a lack of currency in line operations and a lack of operational oversight and control by the aircraft operator and the regulatory authority in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

As a direct result of this incident, Kam Air were banned from operating within the European Union. The three crew involved were dismissed, and Kam Air announced that it would withdraw its two DC-8s from service

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2010/08/04
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2010:306:0044:0067:EN:PDF
2. https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/douglas-dc-8-63f-ya-vic-11-august-2010
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam_Air#Incidents_and_accidents
4. http://avherald.com/h?article=43c6fc19&opt=0

Revision history:

01-Dec-2010 14:21 harro Added
22-Aug-2013 21:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
22-Aug-2013 21:37 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Mar-2014 15:49 TB Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Dec-2014 20:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code]

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