Created Wednesday, Jun 9th 2021 13:23Z, last updated Wednesday, Jun 9th 2021 13:23Z
An Atlas Air Boeing 767-300, registration N641GT performing flight 5Y-8601 from Frankfurt/Hahn (Germany) to Portsmouth,NH (USA), landed on Portsmouth's runway 34 at 04:52L (08:52Z) but touched down hard. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron. A post flight inspection revealed creases around the fuselage and substantial damage to the aircraft.

The occurrence aircraft returned to service on Jan 10th 2019.

On Jul 30th 2018 the FAA reported that the aircraft landed hard, the damage is being assessed (unknown). The occurrence was rated an accident and is being investigated.

On May 25th 2019 the NTSB reported the occurrence was rated an accident, an investigation has been opened using data from various entities, however, investigators are not going to travel.

On Jun 9th 2021 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable causes of the accident were:

an improper landing flare technique and the lack of the appropriate bounced landing recovery procedure.

The NTSB analysed:

The captain, a line check-airman, was the pilot monitoring and the first officer was the pilot flying and was completing his first operational evaluation. The takeoff, cruise and descent were normal. Visual meteorological conditions with light winds prevailed at the time of the landing. As the FO initiated the landing flare, the airplane became slightly high on the approach path (1 red and 3 white on the Precision Approach Path Indicators). According to the operator, the airplane touched down with limited flare and the engines were at nearly 50% N1, which inhibited the speedbrakes from deploying. The Quick Access Recorder (QAR) data indicated that the airplane porpoised five times down the runway. The maximum load factor recorded during landing bounces was about 2 g’s.

Post landing inspection of the airplane found visibly wrinkled, dented and creased skin in the forward fuselage upper crown area, deformation to the nose wheel-well side web, and buckling/fracture of multiple frames and stringers.

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