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Last updated: 10 July 2020
Status:Final
Date:Monday 15 September 2014
Time:20:27
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-223 (WL)
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N654A
C/n / msn: 24612/398
First flight: 1991-09-27 (23 years)
Total airframe hrs:71575
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: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:AA2404
Narrative:
American Airlines flight 2404, a B757-200, N654A, experienced a tail strike during landing on runway 09 at Miami International Airport (KMIA), Florida, USA. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the aft pressure bulkhead and there were no injuries to the 172 passengers and crew onboard. The flight was arriving from San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Puerto Rico.
According to the operator, the first officer (FO) was the pilot flying and the captain was the pilot monitoring and was initial operating experience (IOE) training for the FO. The flight crew reported that they had the ILS tuned and the approach was stabilized. They reported that the main gear touchdown was smooth but that the nose came up rapidly before the captain could
make the "deployed" call for the spoilers. The captain reportedly quickly grabbed the yoke and lowered the nose to the ground. Postflight maintenance inspection found damage to the aft fuselage skin and substantial damage to the aft pressure bulkhead.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the first officer to control the airplane pitch after touchdown. Contributing to the accident was the first officers inexperience in the aircraft type."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years
Accident number: DCA14CA161
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Tailstrike

Sources:
» NTSB


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photo of Boeing-757-223-N654A
FDR parameters
photo of Boeing-757-223-N654A
accident date: 15-09-2014
type: Boeing 757-223 (WL)
registration: N654A
 

Map
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 San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1672 km (1045 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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