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Last updated: 27 September 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 3 janvier 2014
Heure:ca 19:30
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8H4 (WL)
Compagnie:Southwest Airlines
Immatriculation: N8327A
Numéro de série: 37009/4269
Année de Fabrication: 2012-11-16 (1 year 2 months)
Moteurs: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B27E
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 174
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 180
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO/KMCO), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:2516
Détails:
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4, registration N8327A, was damaged in a tail strike accident while landing on runway 25L at Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS) in calm winds and good visibility.
According to the operator, the captain was the pilot flying and the first officer (FO) was the pilot monitoring. Both pilots indicated that takeoff through the initial descent was uneventful. The aircraft was configured for a flaps 30 landing. During the ILS approach to runway 25L, the captain used the Heads-up Guidance System (HGS) in the IMC mode.
During the decent below 100 feet, the FO indicated that the runway environment was dark and sensed the runway was "coming close fast". He noted a slightly increased descent rate and before he could make a callout, the captain had begun to take corrective action.
During the descent, the captain stated he was hand flying the airplane (autopilot and autothrottles were off) and used the localizer, glideslope and flare cues from the HGS. At approximately 30 feet, he transitioned from the HGS to the runway environment, noting it appeared "pitch black." He then noticed the runway edge lights and what appeared to be an increased sink rate.
Both pilots indicated the airplane touched down firm, then bounced, and the second touch down was harder than the first. Neither were aware that they had struck the tail. The captain did not recall seeing a tail strike warning indication from the HGS.
Post flight inspection revealed that the tail strike indicator was compressed and deep scrapes and wear damage to the lower aft fuselage skin. Further investigation revealed multiple fractured frames and buckled stringers, shear ties and straps.

The airplane was ferried unpressurized from Las Vegas to Phoenix, AZ (PHX) on January 13 and continued the next day to Seattle-Paine Field, WA. The airplane was repaired and back in service on February 27.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's over rotation during the bounced landing."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years and 2 months
Accident number: DCA14CA034
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Orlando International Airport, FL et Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV est de 3255 km (2035 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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