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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  
Location   (show map):Brisbane Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Ground strike 
Release date: 23 June 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 14 November 2018