ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 757-224 (WL) N12125 Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 27 September 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-224 (WL)
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: N12125
MSN: 28967/788
First flight: 1998-01-18 (23 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:86507
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 166
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 172
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
United Airlines flight 1117, a Boeing 757-224, suffered a tailstrike on takeoff from runway 22L at Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR), USA.
The captain was the pilot flying and receiving operational experience refresher (OER) training with a line check airman (LCA) who was the pilot monitoring and the pilot-in-command.
According to the LCA, the captain suggested a go-around shortly after touchdown due to a significant pitch up, but the LCA thought the pitch was like the pitch up caused by ground spoiler deployment and advised the captain to continue the landing. However, the ground spoilers had not automatically deployed, and the airplane skipped and then began to bounce.
The LCA took control of the airplane and attempted to execute a go-around, but because the engines had previously been placed in reverse thrust for the continuation of landing, the thrust levers would not advance so he elected to land on the remaining runway.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: The nose high attitude on landing resulted in a tailstrike.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 297 days (10 months)
Accident number: DCA22LA002
Download report: Summary report

Runway mishap


METAR Weather report:
21:53 UTC / 15:53 local time:
KDEN 272153Z 08011G17KT 10SM SCT100 SCT160 SCT220 32/M03 A2997 RMK AO2 SLP064 T03171033

22:53 UTC / 16:53 local time:
KDEN 272253Z 10010KT 10SM FEW100 SCT160 SCT220 31/M03 A2997 RMK AO2 SLP066 T03061033


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line is connecting ADS-B datapoints from FlightAware.
Distance from Denver International Airport, CO to Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 2559 km (1599 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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