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Last updated: 21 November 2019
Datum:Sonntag 22 Juni 2008
Zeit:10:43 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DH8D model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
Fluggesellschaft:SkyWork Airlines
Kennzeichen: HB-JGA
Werknummer: 4198
Baujahr: 2008-02-15 (4 months)
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:203
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 62
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 67
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Berne-Belp Airport (BRN) (   Schweiz)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spanien
Flug nach:Berne-Belp Airport (BRN/LSZB), Schweiz
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:

Der Unfall ist darauf zurückzuführen, dass das Flugzeug zuerst mit dem Heck die Piste be-rührte, weil die Besatzung auf eine hohe Sinkrate mit einem zu grossen Lagewinkel statt mit einer Leistungserhöhung reagierte.
Zur Entstehung des Unfalls könnte eine Ermüdung der Besatzung beigetragen haben.

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


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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 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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