Date & Time: Sep 30, 2015 at 1016 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland Dash-8-400
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Hamburg - Saarbrücken - Luxembourg
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
Copilot / Total hours on type:
Aircraft flight hours:
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 During the rotation phase with approximately 127 KIAS and a nose-up attitude of approximately 5°, the landing gear was retracted.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.
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.