Narrative:An Airbus A321-231 operated by MEA, sustained damage during a tail strike accident upon landing at Cairo International Airport (CAI), Egypt.
|Date:||Friday 16 November 2001|
|Operator:||Middle East Airlines - MEA|
|C/n / msn:|| 663|
|First flight:|| 1997-05-09 (4 years 6 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 IAE V2533-A5|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 81|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 88 |
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Airplane fate:|| Repaired|
|Location:||Cairo International Airport (CAI) ( Egypt)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon|
|Destination airport:||Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt|
The flight, coming from Beirut, Lebanon, was cleared for an ILS approach to runway 05R. Reportedly, as the aircraft was descending through about 200 feet, it 'ballooned up' and the pilot had to apply nose-down pitch to regain the glide path. Descending through 100 feet the pilot again applied nose-up pitch to correct the glide path. The aircraft then suffered a tail strike.
» World Aircraft Accident Summary - CAP 479 / Airclaims
» Flight International, 22-28 Jan. 2002
METAR Weather report:
10:30 UTC / 12:30 local time: METAR HECA 161030Z 33006KT 9999 BKN025 24/15 Q1020 NOSIG
11:00 UTC / 13:00 local time: METAR HECA 161100Z 32008KT 9999 BKN025 24/14 Q1020 NOSIG
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Beirut Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 560 km (350 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.