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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 2 May 2015
Time:04:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-330
Operator:Lufthansa
Registration: D-ABEK
C/n / msn: 25414/2164
First flight: 1991-11-01 (23 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3B1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW) (   Poland)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW/EPKT), Poland
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Flightnumber:LH2403
Narrative:
A Boeing 737-330 operated by Lufthansa sustained substantial damage in a takeoff accident at Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW), Poland.
The aircraft was on the return leg of a flight from Frankfurt, Germany. The flight crew was cleared to taxy to runway 27 for departure. Instead of taxiing to the new runway 27, the flight took taxiways E and F and lined up on the old runway.
Applying takeoff thrust, parts of asphalt were torn off, striking the left side of the horizontal stabilizer. Takeo off was continued with the crew unaware of the extent of damage. After landing serious damage to the tail was revealed.
None of the passengers and crew suffered any injuries.

The aircraft was repaired and test flown on May 16 before returning to service on May 17, 2015.

On July 5, 2014, a CRJ-701ER of Lufthansa was involved in an incident at the same airport when it landed on the new runway 27 which was still under construction at the time.

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Sources:
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METAR Weather report:
04:30 UTC / 02:30 local time:
EPKT 020230Z 07002KT 4000 BR NSC 07/07 Q1006

05:00 UTC / 03:00 local time:
EPKT 020300Z 07003KT 2500 MIFG BR NSC 07/07 Q1006=


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Distance from Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 745 km (465 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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