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Last updated: 18 July 2018
Fecha:jueves 4 marzo 1999
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-228
Operador:Air France
Registración: F-GBYA
Numéro de série: 23000/930
Año de Construcción: 1982-11-27 (16 years 3 months)
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 6
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 91
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 97
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Biarritz Parme Airport (BIQ) (   Francia)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), Francia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Biarritz Parme Airport (BIQ/LFBZ), Francia
Número de Vuelo:AF7638
Air France Flight 7638 was cleared to land on Biarritz' runway 27. Wind was reported 280 deg at 15 kts with gusts to 30 kts. The airplane touched down softly on its left main gear 5 metres left of the runway centreline. The spoilers activated after the right main gear touched the ground, two seconds later.
The captain was probably monitoring the instruments and did not immediately use the pedals to steer the airplane to the centre of the runway. Also, the Biarritz runway was not equipped with centerline lighting. With the accident happening in darkness, this may have been a factor.
The 737 moved to the left and ran off the side 720 m past the runway threshold. The nosegear and right main undercarriage leg collapsed.

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Distance from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Biarritz Parme Airport as the crow flies is 686 km (429 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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