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Date:09-MAR-2014
Time:13:57 CET
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus 321-111
Owner/operator:Swiss
Registration: HB-IOC
C/n / msn: 520
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 78
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) -   Switzerland
Phase: Landing
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Zürich Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Destination airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG)
Investigating agency: Schweizerische Unfalluntersuchungsstelle (SUST/SESA/SISI/SAIB) - Switzerland
Narrative:
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.

Causes
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.

Sources:

https://www2.sust.admin.ch/pdfs/AV-berichte/2293_D.pdf

Accident investigation:
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investigating agency: Schweizerische Sicherheitsuntersuchungsstelle (SUST/SESE/SISI/STSB) - Switzerland
status: Final
number: Nr. 2293
released:28 December 2016
duration of investigation: 2 years and 10 months
download report: Nr. 2293

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Mar-2014 10:14 mcantsin Added
13-Mar-2014 07:20 skihard Updated [Narrative]
20-Mar-2014 19:31 harro Updated [Time, Total fatalities, 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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