Final Report B789 (VH-ZND) London Heathrow UK 9 Feb 2020

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Author: 
UK AAIB
Category: 
Accident Reports, Controlled Flight Into Terrain, Weather, Human Factors
Date of publication: 
12/11/2020

On 9 February 2020, the tail strike prevention system on a Boeing 787-9 was annunciated during takeoff from London Heathrow in gusting crosswind conditions. Permission to hold at 6000 feet to conduct the response procedure was given and since this procedure did not permit pressurisation, an overweight return to land followed. The Investigation found that although the tail strike protection system had returned the pitch rate to the correct one after an exceedence just before commencing rotation, lateral control inputs then resulted in a decrease in lift resulting in the tail contact angle being reached whilst still on the runway.    

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