2015-09-29 Mesa Airlines CRJ-900 wingtip hit runway at McAllen, TX

2015-09-29 Mesa Airlines CRJ-900 wingtip hit runway at McAllen, TX

2015-09-29 Mesa Airlines CRJ-900 wingtip hit runway at McAllen, TX


On landing the right wingtip hit the runway at McAllen Airport. All on board remained unhurt.

Following a visual approach to runway 31, the aircraft was only moments away from touchdown on runway 31 at McAllen International Airport, TX.

At that stage, the aircraft became unstabilized and a bank angle to the right developed until the right wingtip touched the ground.

The pilots were able to contol the plane and made a safe landing roll-out.

No one inside the aircraft was injured.
According tzo Mesa airlines media statement, the aircraft was removed from service after the incident to allow inspections.

291653Z VRB04KT 10SM CLR 31/22 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP113 T0311021 Miami Airport weather consisted of cloudy skies with occasional rainfall, but good visibility.


Date: 2015-09-29 Time: 11:45
Location: KMFE MFE McAllen Miller Intl
Country: USA
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: minor

Flight no.: AA 5786
From: KDFW/DFW: Dallas-Ft Worth To: KMFE/MFE: McAllen Miller Intl
Type: Passenger
Operator: Mesa Airlines
Leased from: American Airlines

Type: Canadair CRJ-900
Registration: N248LR
Age a/c: 3,9 years
Constr. No.: 15274

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Aircraft Involved

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Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 90 0
Fatalities  0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0  0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 17th safety occurence for the operator
  • 21st safety occurence of type (CRJ-900)
  • 2nd safety occurence at McAllen Airport, TX, USA
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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AA 5786 wing scrape
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AA 5786 wing scrape

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AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions