Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400), G-JEDW
The aircraft was conducting a practice CAT II ILS approach to Runway 32 at Leeds Bradford International Airport in VMC. Contrary to company standard operating procedures, the co-pilot flew the approach and the landing. At a height of approximately 80 ft, the co-pilot retarded both power levers, resulting in a high rate of descent. Both pilots applied power and the co-pilot flared positively in an attempt to reduce this rate of descent. In doing so, the aircraft was pitched-up to an angle sufficient to cause the underside of the rear fuselage to contact the ground. Damage was confined to the composite fairing covering the ‘runway touched’ sensor. There were no injuries. Although not a cause of the incident, the investigation revealed that the heading selectors for the commander and co-pilot operated independently, resulting in a temporary deviation from the ATC assigned heading. This was not noticed immediately by the non-handling commander. Two safety recommendations are made.
Published 10 December 2014