ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas MD-11 EI-CDK Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 21 June 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Operator:Garuda Indonesia Airways
Registration: EI-CDK
MSN: 48501/513
First flight: 1992
Total airframe hrs:19103
Engines: 3 General Electric CF6-80C2A3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 289
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 308
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK/WIII), Indonesia
Destination airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 airplane, EI-CDK, operated by Garuda Indonesia as flight GA800, was substantially damaged due to a tail strike during a go-around from an attempted autopilot autoland landing on runway 8L at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Hawaii. The flight crew completed a touch down and a go-around followed by an uneventful landing at 12:35. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight plan was filed. There were no injuries to the 289 passengers, 4 flight crew and 15 cabin attendants.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to apply adequate manual control inputs following his decision to disconnect the autopilot during the autoland operation, resulting in a subsequent loss of directional control. Also causal and contributing to the tail strike was the pilot's improper decision to initiate a go-around during reverse thrust engine operation."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 years and 5 months
Accident number: DCA97MA053
Download report: Final report

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Distance from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Honolulu International Airport, HI as the crow flies is 10766 km (6729 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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