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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:Donnerstag 30 November 2000
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-86N
Fluggesellschaft:Futura International Airways
Kennzeichen: EC-HMK
Werknummer: 28624/585
Baujahr: 2000
Triebwerk: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B27
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 202
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 208
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Irland)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Lanzarote Airport (ACE/GCRR), Spanien
Flug nach:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Irland
The accident followed an uneventful flight of returning holiday-makers, from Lanzarote, Spain, to Shannon, with the landing carried out on runway 24. Weather conditions in the approach and landing area showed rain, strong winds and associated turbulence. On landing, the aircraft’s nose wheel assembly collapsed rearwards.  The aircraft continued along most of the length of runway 24 on its nose, finally coming to a halt beyond taxiway Alpha. An evacuation was carried out.

Probable Cause:

CAUSAL FACTORS: "The accident was due to an excessive control column forward input, causing negative pitch attitude which led to a very high impact loading on the nose undercarriage, leading to the severing of the two nose wheels and the collapse of the nose gear strut assembly rearwards. This followed a chain of events, which contributed to the accident including the wind gusts, turbulence, the use of the autothrottle and the decision to land from an unstabilized final approach."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 273 days (9 months)
Accident number: AAIU Report No. 2001-010
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Lanzarote Airport to Shannon Airport as the crow flies is 2653 km (1658 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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