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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74219
Last updated: 11 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-422
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: N128UA
MSN: 30023/1245
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 220
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Sydney Airport (YSSY) -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sydney Airport - YSSY
Destination airport:San Francisco International Airport - KSFO
Investigating agency: ATSB
United Airlines Boeing 747 flight UA-870 returned to Sydney and made a safe landing for "maintenance checks".
The 747 had just rotated off Sydney's runway 34L at 14:58L (04:58Z), when the crew of another aircraft on an adjacent taxiway reported the Boeing had touched the runway surface with the tail between intersection with taxiway Kilo and intersection with runway 07/25. The crew of the United 747 climbed to 8000 feet dumping fuel over the Tasman Sea and returned to Sydney's runway 34L for a safe landing about 80 minutes after departure. The runway was closed for a short period of time to check for debris.

Sources: (photo at time of the incident) (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of N128UA courtesy

Tokyo - Narita International (RJAA / NRT)
8 November 2013; (c) Danny Grew

Revision history:

07-May-2010 08:30 VHKDK Added
07-May-2010 16:26 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-May-2010 22:51 eod Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-May-2010 01:17 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-May-2010 10:53 harro Updated [Nature, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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