Air Europa 787-9 Suffers Foreign Object Damage at Santo Domingo

An Air Europa Boeing 787-9 taxis after landing.
Photo Credit: Andrzej Otrębski, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

An Air Europa Boeing 787-9 operating a long haul flight from Madrid, Spain suffered foreign object damage after landing at Santo Domingo on 7 April 2024.

Air Europa flight UX89 had landed at Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) Runway 17.

Air Europa UX89 Madrid-Santo Domingo

The landing was conducted normally in the aircraft was subsequently taxied to the apron hard-standing area.

It was discovered upon inspection after landing that the fuselage of the wide-body aircraft had suffered foreign object damage during the landing phase.

According to a preliminary report the asphalt runway surface had collapsed during the landing. Subsequently asphalt debris had been thrown up and caused penetration damage to the fuselage undersides.

The extent of the damage has not been disclosed, however the aircraft was rendered unable to perform the scheduled return flight to Madrid.

Runway 17/35 was subsequently closed via a NOTAM advisory and operations temporarily suspended due to runway surface damage.

Flight Details

Flight data shows that the aircraft departed Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) at 1550 local time on 7 April for Santo Domingo.

The long haul flight proceeded normally, climbing to flight level FL390 four the transatlantic crossing to the Dominican Republic.

Subsequent descent approach and landing procedures were all conducted normally.

The aircraft operating the UX89 rotation from Madrid was a Boeing 787-9, registered EC-NBX. This is a four-year old wide-body aircraft belonging to the carrier Air Europa.

Air Europa, established in 1986, is the third-largest Spanish airline. Headquartered in Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain, it operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

It services over 60 destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, the Caribbean, Morocco, and Tunisia. Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport serves as its primary hub. Additionally, Palma de Mallorca Airport and Tenerife North Airport function as focus cities.

Air Europa offers passengers a connection to a vast network through its membership in the SkyTeam alliance.

This membership allows travelers to earn and redeem miles on other member airlines including Delta Air Lines, KLM, and Korean Air.

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