Sector Aviation

Runway excursion after hard landing, Boeing 757, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Introduction

The aircraft touched down hard with its right main landing gear first. When the nose gear touched down hard with the aircraft in a crab angle, the nosegear doghouse broke out of the nosesection and rotated backwards. The collapse of the doghouse resulted in serious damage to the electric/electronic systems and several flight- and engine control cables. The aircraft slid down the runway for approximately 3 km, veered to the right and came to rest in the grass. The autopilot was disconnected in order to make a manual landing. The aircraft touched down hard with its right main landing gear first. When the nose gear touched down hard, the nosegear doghouse broke out of the nosesection and rotated backwards. The collapse of the doghouse resulted in serious damage to the electric/electronic systems and several flight- and engine control cables. The aircraft slid down the runway for approximately 3 km, veered to the right and came to rest in the grass. The passenger evacuation was initiated by the cabin crew and all occupants of the cabin left the aircraft via the escape slides. The cockpit crew evacuated the aircraft via the opened cockpit side windows. A small fire at the left inner brake units was quickly extinguished by the airport fire brigade.

Statistics

  • Start date 24 dec. 1997
  • End date 11 nov. 1999
  • Type investigationFull
  • Status investigationClosed
  • Registration numberPH-TKC