2014-07-04 Air Via Airbus A320 tailstrike landing at Leipzig


2014-07-04 Air Via Airbus A320 tailstrike landing at Leipzig


In clear weather and calm winds, the A320 failed to land within lengh of runway 08R and touched down hard short of the runway threshold.

The aircraft bounced and touched down for a second time at the very beginning of the runway (in the area of the ‚piano keys‘) in a nose-high attitude resulting in a tailstrike.

The landing run was completed normally nd the A320 taxied to the main apron without assistance. Nobody was injured.

Substantial damage occured to the aft fuselage and a longer repair is exptected.



Date: 2014-07-04 Time: 12:57:00
Location: EDDP LEJ Leipzig Halle
Country: Germany
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: minor

Flight no.: VL 501
From: LBWN/VAR: Varna To: EDDP/LEJ: Leipzig Halle
Type: Passenger
Operator: Air VIA
Leased from: Unknown

Type: Airbus A320
Registration: LZ-MDB
Age a/c: 7,2 years
Constr. No.: 3125

Map (provided by by Google Maps)

Leipzig EDDP Runway 08R

Leipzig EDDP Runway 08R


Crew Pax Other Total
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

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© J.-A. Richter | JACDEC


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