Incident description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Date:Tuesday 8 January 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-211
Operator:Aigle Azur
Registration: F-GUAA
C/n / msn: 808
First flight: 1998
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B3/P
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 59
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG) (   Algeria)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Destination airport:Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Flightnumber: 258
Aigle Azur Flight 258 departed Paris-Orly (ORY) at 07:15 on a flight to Algiers (ALG). Both pilots were captains. The captain in the right hand seat assumed the duties of Pilot Flying (PF). The en route part of the flight was uneventful. The crew began the descent for a VOR DME ILS approach to runway 23.
At 1700 ft, the gear is down, in CONF FULL autopilot mode and auto-thrust managed speed mode. The CAS is 146 kt, with a descent rate of - 900 ft/min.
During final approach, the PF states several times that he is uncomfortable with the idea of flying from the right seat. At a height of 1300 ft, the PF disconnected the autopilot, keeping the auto-thrust managed speed mode. At a height of 100 ft, the CAS is 131 kt and the rate of descent increases to 850 ft/min to a height of 50 ft. The airplane touched down at a load factor of 1.8 g. Thrust levers were still in the Climb detent and thrust increased. The A321 bounced, reaching a height of 7 feet. The PF positioned the thrust levers to IDLE. A heavy landing follows at a load factor of 3.3 g. The airplane was nose high and the tail struck the runway, resulting in a 2-metre long gash in the rear fuselage.



Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) - France
report status: Final
report number: BEA rapport f-aa080108
download report: Rapport sur l’incident survenu le 8 janvier 2008 sur l’aérodrome d’Alger à l’Airbus 321-211 immatriculé F-GUAA exploité par Aigle Azur (BEA rapport f-aa080108)


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Distance from Paris-Orly Airport to Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport as the crow flies is 1330 km (831 miles).

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