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Last updated: 29 November 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 15 September 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic B77W model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 777-3DZER
Operator:Qatar Airways
Registration: A7-BAC
C/n / msn: 36010/731
First flight: 2008-07-09 (7 years 2 months)
Engines: 2 General Electric GE90-115B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Doha-Hamad International Airport (DOH/OTHH), Qatar
A Boeing 777-3DZER, registration A7-BAC, suffered substantial damage when it struck the approach lighting system runway lights during takeoff from Miami International Airport, Florida.
Qatar Airways flight QR778 started taxying from Gate D14 at Miami Airport at 20:18 hours local time. The aircraft taxied via taxiway Sierra and entered runway 9 at intersection T1 for departure. Runway length available from this point was about 2610 m.
The underbelly of the aircraft impacted approach lighting system runway lights during takeoff at 20:32 hours. The approach lighting system was located 2950 m from the point where the aircraft entered the runway.
The flight continued to the destination Doha Airport, Qatar and landed without incident some 13,5 hours later.
The FAA reported that an inspection revealed damage that was described as substantial.

After the accident the runway 27 ALS was Notamed out of service:
MIA 09/160 MIA RWY 27 ALS OUT OF SERVICE 1509161828-1510162000
MIA 09/159 MIA RWY 27 ALS OUT OF SERVICE 1509161755-1510162000

Collision with approach or runway lights
Runway mishap

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» Miami Airport Diagram
» Photo of damaged approach lights

METAR Weather report:
00:53 UTC / 20:53 local time:
KMIA 160053Z 04005KT 10SM SCT029 SCT045 SCT150 OVC200 27/24 A3009 RMK AO2 RAE23 SLP188 OCNL LTGIC DSNT NW CB DSNT NW MOV NW P0000 T02720239

23:53 UTC / 19:53 local time:
KMIA 152353Z 00000KT 7SM +RA SCT025CB BKN085 BKN180 OVC250 27/23 A3006 RMK AO2 RAB34 SLP178 CB NE-SE-SW-W MOV NW P0006 60006 T02670228 10317 20267 58001


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Doha-Hamad International Airport as the crow flies is 12264 km (7665 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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