ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 HB-JGA Berne-Belp Airport (BRN)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 22 June 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8D model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
Operator:SkyWork Airlines
Registration: HB-JGA
MSN: 4198
First flight: 2008-02-15 (4 months)
Total airframe hrs:279
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 62
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Berne-Belp Airport (BRN) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain
Destination airport:Berne-Belp Airport (BRN/LSZB), Switzerland
The DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 sustained substantial damage in a tailstrike accident on landing at Berne-Belp Airport in Switzerland. One crew member and one passenger sustained minor injuries.
Flight SRK172 took off from Palma de Mallorca, Spain at 09:02 UTC for charter flight under IFR to Berne.
Pilot flying throughout the flight was a captain under supervision in the left seat with a training captain in the right seat as pilot not flying. The first officer, who also was still under check, sat on the jump seat and was in charge of radio communication at the end of the flight.
After an uneventful flight, the crew contacted Berne Arrival at 10:32 UTC. In Berne-Belp runway was 32 in operation. The ATCO asked the crew if they wanted to carry out a visual approach. The crew replied in the affirmative and requested an approach to runway 14, which was immediately granted.
During the flare of the aircraft just before touchdown, the crew noticed an above-average rate of descent. Pitch was increased to correct this. The aircraft then suffered a tail strike.

Probable Cause:

Causes (translated from German):
The accident is attributable to the fact that the aircraft touched down on the runway with the rear fuselage first, because the crew responded to a high rate of descent with too large a pitch angle instead of an increase in power.
Crew fatigue might have contributed to the accident.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: BFU Switzerland
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: Nr. 2028
Download report: Final report

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Distance from Palma de Mallorca Airport to Berne-Belp Airport as the crow flies is 898 km (561 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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