We have seen a number of hard, late or otherwise bad landings damaging aircraft with increasing frequency. If mechanical problems, flaws in automated systems, general weather and wind, conditions of runways are not major issues, one has to look at the pilots. I realize that pilots are human, but several factors including flawed training, a lack of airmanship, fatigue (especially with overnight flights), lack of experience at a given airport need to be looked at and improvements made.
I think it was discussed with the last 757 damaged from a hard landing that the 757 has had a long history of issues with a tendency to take pilots by surprise by suddenly coming down on its nose too hard. Can't remember if that was here or in the comments of something linked.
I made a couple of comments on the pitch
control characteristics of the 757
It has a ‘dead spot’ in pitch you have to watch out for
During rotation on take off, it requires a fairly pronounced input to start the nose up then an immediate input reduction to avoid over rotation
On landing while lowering the nose it tends
to ‘hang up’ before touching, this requires a slight relaxation of back pressure or even a small nose down input followed immediately by back pressure to stop the nose wheel from slamming down
It can hit really hard if you dont get this technique correct, it’s also quite common to think the nose wheels have touched an they haven’t so you relax back pressure and ‘wham’
As long as you’re aware of this characteristic, anticipate and act on it it’s not an issue but once in a while even an
experienced 757 pilot can forget and it will
bite, sometimes causing significant damage
This may or may not have been the case here
The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.
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