[Video] Turkish Boeing 737 bumpy landing, tailstrike and go around

The following interesting footage was filmed on Nov. 30, at Malaga airport.

It shows a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900 registration TC-JYA performing a bumpy landing with subsequent tailstrike and go around.

Although it’s almost impossible to determine the cause of the tailstrike, the aircraft seems to be quite fast on final approach. The low flare results in a bumpy landing. After the second touchdown with the deployed spoilers the tail skid touches the runway before the aircraft starts to climb again as a consequence of the go around.

In December 2012, an F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 199th Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, sustained 1.8 million USD in damage after scraping both horizontal stabilizers in a landing incident at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam.

H/T to Ramazan Durak for the heads-up

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  1. The video is good, but the description in this page is disgraceful
    -It is impossible to determine if it was fast on final
    -It is impossible to estimate if the flare was late
    -The pilot didn’t maintain the nose high for aerodynamic braking
    -The aircraft doesn’t start to climb again because of a gust
    -There is no tail-wheel but a tail-skid
    Shall i continue?

    • For sure it is impossible to determine whether the plane was fast on final or if the flare was late.
      However, for the same reasons you can’t say the opposite or that aircraft did not start to climb because, etc….

    • Agreed. Holding the nose high would achieve minimal ‘braking’ force. If the pilot really wanted to stop, he’d have engaged the reversers and used the brakes. Something else went wrong here that’s difficult to say. I’m not a pilot but it looks more plausible that the pilot in command recognised that the aircraft had bounced, was perhaps slightly above touchdown speed and the runway not sufficiently long to safely continue for another touchdown. It’s always safer to go around, in a situation like that.

  2. It looks like the tail didn’t QUITE scrape the ground. It was really close, but it looks like he had a good 1/16th of an inch or so.

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