ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 LX-LGH Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport (SCN)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 30 September 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8D model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
Registration: LX-LGH
MSN: 4420
First flight: 2012
Total airframe hrs:7131
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport (SCN) (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport (SCN/EDDR), Germany
Destination airport:Luxembourg-Findel Airport (LUX/ELLX), Luxembourg
A DHC-8-402Q operated by Luxair was involved in an aborted takeoff accident at Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport (SCN), Germany.
Luxair LG9562 was a scheduled passenger service from Hamburg Airport, Germany to Saarbrücken and Luxembourg.
Following an intermediate stop at Saarbrücken the aircraft was cleared for takeoff on runway 09.
During the rotation phase with approximately 127 KIAS and a nose-up attitude of approximately 5°, the landing gear retracted. The airplane’s tail had the first ground contact and the tailstrike warning light illuminated. Approximately 875 m after the initial ground contact the airplane came to a stop after it had bounced three times and skidded on the fuselage.

It appeared the first officer retracted the gear too early. It was determined that the DHC-8 landing gear will retract if the nose landing gear is airborne but the main landing gears are still on the ground. This design logic was changed after this accident.

Probable Cause:

The air accident was the result of an early retraction of the retractable landing gearduring take-off, which was not prevented by the landing gear selector lever and the retracting control logic.
Contributory factors:
- Reduced concentration level
- A break in the callout process / task sequence on the part of the PNF
- Actuation of the landing gear lever to the UP Position too early
- Control logic design allows retraction of the landing gear with one wheel airborne

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: BFU 15-1354-AX
Download report: Final report

Premature gear retraction on take-off
Runway mishap

» Luxair statement

METAR Weather report:
07:50 UTC / 09:50 local time:
EDDR 300750Z 07015KT CAVOK 10/04 Q1030 TEMPO 06015G25KT

08:20 UTC / 10:20 local time:
EDDR 300820Z 07015KT CAVOK 11/04 Q1030 TEMPO 06015G25KT

08:50 UTC / 10:50 local time:
EDDR 300850Z 07015KT CAVOK 12/04 Q1030 TEMPO 06015G25KT
Wind 070 degrees at 15 knots; Temperature 12°C, Dew point 4°C; WNH 1030 mb; temporary wind 060 degrees at 15 kts, gusting to 25 kts. [Notam says: Metar issues CAVOK without considering present weather and TCU/CB]

09:20 UTC / 11:20 local time:
EDDR 300920Z 06012G22KT 9999 FEW030 12/03 Q1030 NOSIG


photo of DHC-8-402Q-Dash-8-LX-LGH
accident date: 30-09-2015
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
registration: LX-LGH

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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 Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport to Luxembourg-Findel Airport as the crow flies is 79 km (49 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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