Aviation safety investigations & reports

Tail Strike, Brisbane Airport, Qld., 23 October 2008, VH-NJM, British Aerospace BAe 146-300

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 23 October 2008 at 2357 Eastern Standard Time, a British Aerospace BAe 146-300 aircraft, registered VH-NJM, operating a freighter flight, had a tail strike on landing at Brisbane Airport, Qld.

The aircraft and crew had commenced duty earlier that evening at Adelaide, SA and had flown via Sydney, NSW to Brisbane. The aircraft and crew then did the reverse sectors back to Adelaide. It was only after landing at Adelaide that the crew became aware of the tail strike.

Damage to the aircraft consisted of abrasion to the tail strike indicator through to the fuselage skin and abrasion to the fuselage skin. There was also damage to the aircraft's structural frame under the tail strike indicator.

The aircraft manufacturer had identified an increase in the number of BAe 146-300 tail strikes and has recommended a number of procedural changes for flight crew. The aircraft operator has implemented those changes and issued notices to flight crew highlighting the risks and conditions for tail strike.

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General details
Date: 23 October 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2357 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brisbane Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Ground strike  
Release date: 23 June 2009   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer British Aerospace PLC  
Aircraft model BAe 146  
Aircraft registration VH-NJM  
Serial number E3194  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Sydney NSW  
Destination Brisbane Qld  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL 4955 12304
Last update 03 April 2020