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Hard landing - Boeing B737-3YO, PK-AWP, Polonia Aerodrome, Medan, Indonesia; 25 May 2007. Assistance to Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC).

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 25 May 2007, an Indonesian registered Boeing 737-3YO, PK-AWP, touched down heavily while landing at Polonia Airport, Medan, Indonesia. The landing resulted in nosewheel vibration, a deflated left nosewheel tyre and overheated brakes.

The flight data recorder (FDR) was recovered from the aircraft. The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) was responsible for investigating this incident. The NTSC requested ATSB assistance in the recovery of data from the FDR tape on 12 December 2007. The Executive Director of the ATSB approved the request. To protect the information supplied by the ATSB to the NTSC and investigation work undertaken to assist this agency, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The FDR tape was provided to the ATSB on 17 December 2007. The tape was found to be damaged and the recovery of data was problematic, however, the ATSB successfully recovered the incident flight data from the damaged FDR tape. A data listing and graphical representation of data recorded during the incident flight and a report describing the recovery procedures, were finalised on the 10 January 2008. This information was provided to the NTSC.



Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 25 May 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 12:40 UTC   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Polonia Airport, Medan    
State: International    
Release date: 04 March 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model B737-3YO  
Aircraft registration PK-AWP  
Serial number 24905  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Soekarno-Hatta Int. Airport, Jakarta  
Departure time 10:49 UTC  
Destination Polonia Airport, Medan, Indonesia  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Unknown
Last update 03 April 2020