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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164623
Last updated: 13 June 2021
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Time:13:57 CET
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-111
Registration: HB-IOC
MSN: 520
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 78
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) -   Switzerland
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Zürich Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Destination airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG)
Investigating agency: STSB Switzerland
Flight SWR2806, an Airbus A321, operated a scheduled domestic service from Zürich to Geneva, Switzerland. On this flight, the copilot was Pilot Flying.
After an uneventful cruise, the approach to runway 05 was normal. The approach was stable, without autopilot and without automatic thrust control. The crew received the landing clearance on short final approach when the aircraft was at 500 ft. agl.
The copilot felt the touchdown was unusually hard (1,4 g) and had the feeling that the aircraft had bounced for a brief moment, but that was not the case. She decided to go around. The rear of the aircraft touched the runway during the go around, sustaining minor damage.
A new approach was carried out to the runway 05 by means of radar guidance. This, like the subsequent landing, was uneventful.

The serious incident occurred due to the rear of the commercial aircraft touching the runway, because the pilot flying pulled the sidestick firmly to the backstop when initiating a go around.
The following factors have contributed to the serious incident:
- Because of the limited experience, the pilot flying estimated that the landing was a bounced landing.
- Since the two sidesticks are not linked, the tactical feedback was missing from the pilot monitoring, which made it difficult for him to recognize the brusque sidestick movement in time.
- The crew did not perceive the high pitch up.

The investigation has identified the following factor, which did not affect the development and the course of the serious incident, but which is still a risk factor:
- The air navigation service did not specifically inform the crew that the tailstrike had been observed during the go around.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: STSB Switzerland
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

20 Feb 2001 HB-IOC Swissair 0 Genéve - LSGG min
13 Sep 2011 HB-IOC Swiss International Airlines 0 Dublin min
15 Apr 2018 HB-IOC Swiss International Air Lines 0 10 NM NE of Saint-Prex (SPR) non
2 Oct 2018 HB-IOC Swiss International Air Lines 0 near Geneva non


Photo of HB-IOC courtesy

Zürich (LSZH / ZRH)
3 June 2019; (c) Stephen Rendle

Revision history:

11-Mar-2014 10:14 mcantsin Added
13-Mar-2014 07:20 skihard Updated [Narrative]
20-Mar-2014 19:31 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2016 19:38 harro Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Dec-2016 09:32 harro Updated [Photo, ]
29-Dec-2016 09:33 harro Updated [Narrative]

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