On the walkaround, check the area most likely to have a strike

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On the walkaround, check the area most likely to have a strike

#1 Post by pelmet » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:58 pm

"C-GORZ, a Beech 1900D aircraft operated by Exploits Valley Air Service (EVAS), was conducting flight EVS7764 from Halifax/Stanfield Intl, NS (CYHZ) to Moncton/Greater Moncton Roméo Leblanc Intl, NB (CYQM). Upon landing at CYQM, the the aircraft was flared slightly high, the stall warning was heard and the aircraft landed firmly. The crew did a post-landing walk around, observed no damage and secured the aircraft for the night. The following day, the aircraft was flown 3 additional legs.

Upon inspection, the operator’s maintenance discovered the rear tail strakes had suffered damage from a previous landing. A flight ferry permit was obtained, and the aircraft flown to Gander Intl, NL (CYQX) for repair, and subsequently returned to service."


With so many things to look at on a walkaround things can get missed. Special attention for the most likely area for ground contact is a good idea, especially after a weird landing and first flight for a new crew on an aircraft. It might be a tailskid, antenna, strakes etc.

We had a guy strike a tail on a type of approach procedure requiring a larger than normal flare. He subsequently flew on for several more legs after several more supposed walkarounds despite the antenna being visibly damaged along with a lot of hidden damage.

Plus....try to analyze what part of the aircraft will be the first to strike the ground at an excessive bank angle for closer look on the walkaround. One type I flew had a drain on an engine that was close to the ground. I read a report that a pilot at another airline in Europe caught an undetected strike on a careful walkaround that had pushed the drained mast upward. Something that could easily be missed due to the inconvenience of bending over and look at it.
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Re: On the walkaround, check the area most likely to have a strike

#2 Post by pelmet » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:02 pm

Happened again......Seems odd that the landing didn't warrant a request for a heavy landing inspection at the turnaround station(where there was no company maintenance) but did warrant one upon completion of the return flight. Check the entire aft fuselage area carefully after a firm landing.

"C-GYJZ, a Bombardier DHC-8-402 aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation LP, was conducting flight JZA7977 from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL) to Toronto/Billy Bishop Toronto City, ON (CYTZ) with 4 crew members and 37 passengers on board. While landing at CYTZ in gusty wind conditions, the aircraft bounced and touched back down firmly on the runway. Subsequently, the FDR caution light illuminated. The aircraft then taxied to the gate as normal.

Following consultation with the operator’s maintenance via telephone, the flight crew conducted a visual inspection of the aircraft; no abnormalities were detected. It was then decided that a hard landing maintenance inspection was not required, and the aircraft was dispatched under MEL
authority for the FDR caution light that remained illuminated.

After the departure on the return flight to CYUL, the flight crew requested that the aircraft be inspected on arrival due to a potential hard landing. When maintenance personnel in CYUL brought the aircraft into the hangar, airframe damage to the aft right fuselage and the right main landing gear was discovered. The aircraft manufacturer is conducting a damage assessment and a repair plan for the aircraft in order to return it to service."
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Re: On the walkaround, check the area most likely to have a strike

#3 Post by speedah » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:52 am

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Re: On the walkaround, check the area most likely to have a strike

#4 Post by Donald » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:03 am

pelmet wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:58 pm
We had a guy strike a tail on a type of approach procedure requiring a larger than normal flare. He subsequently flew on for several more legs after several more supposed walkarounds despite the antenna being visibly damaged along with a lot of hidden damage.
First Air CYXP?
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