ANA plane has mishap upon landing at Sendai airport

SENDAI —

An ANA plane had to abort its landing at Sendai airport on Sunday morning after its fuselage scraped the runway. There were no injuries among the 166 passengers and crew, according to transport ministry officials.

As Flight 731 from Osaka landed shortly after 9 a.m., its fuselage hit the runway, NHK reported. The captain then pulled the nose up and climbed back into the air, but the fuselage bumped the runway again.

The plane circled the airport and successfully made a second landing 20 minutes later.

An inspection of the plane showed that the rear pressure bulkhead was also damaged, transport safety board officials said.

Japan Today

  • 0

    KingBasil

    The first think I thought was the pilot forgot to deploy the landing gear. But reasding the article I guess he had the nose too high and scraped the tail section. That would explain why he scraped again after pulling the nose up to get airborne again.

  • -1

    keika1628

    Good pilot ... must have been a terrifying 20 minutes for the passengers

  • -4

    Antonios_M

    ANA again??? No surprise at all...

  • -4

    YuriOtani

    Accidents happen

  • 1

    MaboDofuIsSpicy

    Was he asleep and on auto pilot?

  • -2

    ExportExpert

    ANA = A Nother Accident.

  • -1

    JeffLee

    ANA is a great airline, service-wise. But these incidents are worrying.

  • -1

    taijing

    bumped twice... it must be just a bad flying habit, like bad driving habits...

  • 0

    cactusJack

    Must have been pretty loud sound in the cabin.

  • -1

    Sarcasm321

    I guarantee that was the longest 20 minutes of just about everyone on that plane...

  • 0

    Cletus

    YuriOtani

    Accidents happen

    So does incompetence.

  • 3

    Elbuda Mexicano

    Thank god/s no one was seriously injured or killed!

  • 0

    deepstar6

    This is like watching "Scary Movie". I hate the movie, I hate ANA.

  • 0

    Harry_Gatto

    The aircraft flying flight number JAL123 in 1985 when it crashed had previously had this type of incident and had damage to the rear pressure bulkhead. This damage was not repaired properly and the rear pressure bulkhead failed and caused the accident. Let`s hope that history does not repeat itself.

  • 0

    Vernie Jefferies

    Scary mishap....but glad it was a happy ending with no injuries.

  • 1

    USNinJapan2

    keika1628

    Good pilot ...

    Definitely not. From what I saw in the news today, the first tail strike was caused by pilot error when the pilot overshot his intended touch-down spot on the runway and attempted to compensate by forcing the plane down at a steeper angle of attack, coming down nose-up enough to hit tail first. He also evidently panicked to some extent because he caused a second tail strike by pulling up too hard/ too suddenly causing the aircraft to over-rotate while getting airborne again. He caused the initial problem, then caused another mishap in attempting to correct that problem. I'm glad he didn't get anyone hurt or killed, but no points for this pilot from me.

  • 0

    bello420

    It seems Sendai airport has very strong winds and chop this time of year... like most other airports in Japan. I flew out on an ERJ-170 to Osaka and the climb was rather choppy at best. On return To Sendai, the descent was also very choppy and the pilots were very busy the whole time from about flight level 110... tedious work as the aircraft swooped up an down and sideways numerous times... upon final approach the aircraft was buffeted with strong turbulence and several micro-bursts.. pushed it down about a hundred feet beforre the crew leveled it off for the apporach with increased throttle..... and this happened at about 500 ft. I think that was the roughest landing I've ever flown. I can vouch that Sendai is not a fun approach sometimes and I'm sure this ANA bird got into something heavy there. The crew deserves a pat on the back for a job well done!!

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    Fadamor

    Tail strikes are serious business. With the aft pressure bulkhead damaged, this plane is down for an extended repair. This is the same cause that ultimately resulted in the crash of JAL 123 in 1985. Seven years after a tailstrike, the improperly repaired aft pressure bulkhead ruptured, severing all hydraulic controls to the tail assembly. 32 minutes after the rupture, the plane crashed into Mt. Osutaka.

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    USNinJapan2

    bello420

    Conditions at SDJ/RJSS yesterday around the time of the mishap were MVFR with a mere 6 knots of cross wind. An approach under these conditions for a commercial pilot should have been a walk in the park.

    http://www.checkwx.com/wxmain/code/RJSS

  • 0

    ka_chan

    Why pull up and damage the plane again.

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    USNinJapan2

    <ttp://mainichi.jp/area/miyagi/news/20120207ddlk04040086000c.html According to an update today to this story the pilot never reported to the tower that the fueselage had struck the runway so no emergency vehicles (fire/rescue) were deployed when the plane made its second approach and landing. That's inexcusable. The pilot no idea how much damage the aircraft may have sustained and should have requested all available emergency support just in case he experienced further problems upon going around again. Anyone still think he's a good pilot?

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