Boeing 767-383, G-VKNI, 28 September 2006

Boeing 767-383, G-VKNI


Immediately after touchdown, the aircraft pitched nose-up and the tailskid came into contact with the runway, causing light abrasion damage. Recorded flight data showed that the pitch-up was probably caused by an ‘up-elevator’ control input by the handling pilot when the aircraft ‘skipped’ on landing, and may have been aggravated by the simultaneous manual deployment of speed brakes by the non-handling pilot. The aircraft had touched down at less than the recommended speed, which resulted in an increased pitch attitude and therefore a reduced tail clearance margin. Additionally, a significant mass of baggage had been loaded in the rearmost hold, which the crew had not accounted for in their weight and balance calculations. Although centre of gravity limits were not exceed, this served to make the aircraft more sensitive in pitch.

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