GOL 737 Suffers Tailstrike on Landing at Recife

A GOL Boeing 737-800 approaches to land.
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A Gol Linhas Aéreas Boeing 737-800 operating a scheduled flight from São Paulo suffered a tail strike on landing at Recife on March 21.

GOL flight G31510 was operating as a regional service from São Paulo to Recife, Brazil. The aircraft had conducted a normal approach and landing on RWY18 upon arrival Recife.

GOL G3150 São Paulo-Recife

During the landing manoeuvre the aircraft suffered a tail strike, contacting the runway surface. The landing procedure was then carried out without further incident and the aircraft taxied to the hard stand.

Flight data shows that flight G31510 had made an on-time departure from São Paulo/Congonhas Airport at 0645 local time.

The service then proceeded normally on the northerly route to Recife Guararapes Intl Airport. Approaching the destination, the flight then conducted normal descent from FL390 (39,000 feet).

Tail Strike on Landing

The Brazilian regulator CENIPA confirmed that the aircraft’s tail contacted the runway during the subsequent landing procedure. It further confirmed that all passengers were disembarked normally.

Weather conditions were marginal visual flight conditions (MVFR) at the time of arrival.

The aircraft conducting the regional service from São Paulo was a Boeing 737-800, registered PR-GXV. This is a nine year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier Gol Linhas Aéreas.

It is understood that the aircraft was subsequently returned to service approximately three hours after the landing incident.


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