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Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777-200ER Damaged in Tail strike

Last updated Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:33:49 GMT
Originally posted on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777-200ER suffered significant damages on its tail section after the aircraft strike a runway at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, on 31 March 2012. There were 12 crewmembers and 296 passengers on board, and no one was injured during the accident.

The accident occurred soon after the pilot aborted a landing process and started a go-around procedure at Haneda Airport, which caused the tail section of the aircraft to hit the runway. The impact caused damages to the aircraft’s tail section and lower part of the pressure bulkhead.

The tail strike

The tail strike - apologies for poor image quality, there aren't many sources with the footage.

According to a JAL spokesperson, the pilot started a go-around procedure because he thought the aircraft had not "fully landed after the first touchdown". The aircraft eventually landed safely at the airport.

The JAL spokesperson said,

"Japan Airlines is cooperating fully with the Japan Transport Safety Board in assessing the aircraft damage and in its ongoing investigations into the situation during the time of the accident."

The aircraft, whose registration number is JA701J, was built in 2002.

Some industry experts have indicated that the accident was caused by poor weather conditions. However, a full investigation is underway.

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AlTue, 15 May 2012 21:04:48 GMT

The accident was caused when the pilot over rotated during the abort. The question is what prompted him or her to do it.

ArthurSat, 08 Dec 2012 23:26:29 GMT

I was on this flight. In the very back. Fully loaded. Extremely strong headwinds. Tail bounced 3 times before pilot gunned engines for a re-do. We flew perfectly straight for 10 minutes after getting in the air again. I assumed it was to check the tail was still working.

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