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QF 738 Tailstrike Investigation Results

Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:30 pm

I don't even remember this happening. It looks like the ATSB has finished the investigation, and here's what was found:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/...as-caused-by-ipad-data-entry-fail/

Article quote:

"On August 1 last year, a Boeing 737-838 (VH-VZR) operated by Qantas performed a "tailstrike" while taking off from Sydney airport. Today, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has concluded that the strike was caused by the co-pilot fat-fingering the plane's takeoff weight: instead of typing the plane's actual weight of 76,400kg into the iPad, he accidentally typed 66,400kg. As a result, the plane didn't have quite enough thrust to clear the runway without clipping the ground with its tail."
 
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RE: QF 738 Tailstrike Investigation Results

Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:14 am

Yeah, I don't recall there being a thread about it here. I haven't had the chance to look over it properly but an interesting point the report highlighted was that a QF procedure regarding a speed check could be misinterpreted. I believe QF advised a change to the FCOM because of this.

Link to report:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5727742/ao-2014-162_final.pdf
I'm sure this thread will take off soon
 
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RE: QF 738 Tailstrike Investigation Results

Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:19 am

Quoting nitepilot79 (Thread starter):
the strike was caused by the co-pilot fat-fingering the plane's takeoff weight: instead of typing the plane's actual weight of 76,400kg into the iPad, he accidentally typed 66,400kg. As a result, the plane didn't have quite enough thrust to clear the runway without clipping the ground with its tail."

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RE: QF 738 Tailstrike Investigation Results

Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:21 am

Quoting AIRWALK (Reply 1):
Yeah, I don't recall there being a thread about it here. I haven't had the chance to look over it properly but an interesting point the report highlighted was that a QF procedure regarding a speed check could be misinterpreted. I believe QF advised a change to the FCOM because of this.

Probably didn't make the news at the time as the aircraft continued to its destination and only once they got there did they see that they had a tail strike (beyond the FA hearing a "Squeak")

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