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On 23 April 2016, a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 aircraft, registered VH-YIW, was being operated as flight VA91 from Auckland, New Zealand to Apia, Samoa. During the final approach and landing at Faleolo International Airport, the weather conditions consisted of heavy rain and gusting winds. The crew reported touching down firmly, making first contact on the right main gear.

A subsequent, routine flight data review by Virgin Australia on 26 April 2016 identified that a firm landing had taken place, consistent with the landing at Apia. The aircraft was inspected and a pod strike was identified on the No. 2 (right) engine.

The ATSB was notified of the hard landing on 26 April 2016 and initiated an investigation.

General details
Date: 23 April 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 09:00 UTC Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):Faleolo International Airport Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Ground strike 
 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-8FE 
Aircraft registration: VH-YIW 
Serial number: 40700 
Operator: Virgin Australia International Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
Departure point:Auckland, NZ
Destination:Apia, Samoa
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Last update 15 October 2018