Date & Time: Sep 30, 2015 at 1016 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland Dash-8-400
Operator:
Registration:
LX-LGH
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hamburg - Saarbrücken - Luxembourg
MSN:
4420
YOM:
2012
Flight number:
LG9562
Country:
Germany
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11927
Captain / Total hours on type:
3649
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3295
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1483
Aircraft flight hours:
7131
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a flight from Hamburg to Luxembourg with an intermediate stop in Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport. After obtaining the takeoff clearance, the crew started the takeoff run on runway 09. During the rotation phase with approximately 127 KIAS and a nose-up attitude of approximately 5°, the landing gear was retracted. The airplane’s tail contacted the ground first (tail strike), thus the tail strike warning light illuminated. The aircraft then skidded on its belly for about 875 meters before coming to a halt. All 20 occupants were quickly disembarked and the aircraft was seriously damaged on its belly. On December 22, 2015, Luxair announced that the aircraft should not be repaired, and a new Dash-8-Q400 was ordered to Bombardier.
Causes:
For unknown reason, the copilot prematurely retracted the landing gear while the aircraft did not takeoff already. This was the first flight of the copilot after 16 days holidays. Please refer to the interim report below.
Final Report:
LX-LGH.pdf1.97 MB