Narrative:The aircraft touched down 1175 feet down runway 22R at 149 knots with a 500f/min descent rate and 1,67g acceleration. The flight bounced, yawed and rolled right, and touched down again 2275 feet from the threshold, at 1,7g (lateral acceleration 0,4g to the right) and dragging the no. 3 engine 238 feet further on. The right roll, pinning the no. 3 engine to the ground, possibly continued until the right wing's spars broke. The MD-11 skidded off the right side of the runway and ended up on its back 4800 feet from the threshold and just short of Terminal B.
The aircraft, N611FE, had suffered a similar incident (bounced on landing) in Anchorage, November 4, 1994.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain’s overcontrol of the airplane during the landing and his failure to execute a go-around from a destabilized flare. Contributing to the accident was the captain’s concern with touching down early to ensure adequate stopping distance."
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 15.09.1997 (31-32)
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 11.08.1997 (38)
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from Anchorage International Airport, AK to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 5368 km (3355 miles).