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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 type: External Investigation 
Location   (show map):Faleolo International Airport Occurrence type:Ground strike 
State: International Occurrence class: Technical 
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: February 2018  
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 14 September 2017