Air Canada 777 suffers tail strike on pilot’s first landing

An Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER suffered a tail strike while landing at Hong Kong International in 2018 due to pilot induced oscillations and a high rate of descent, an investigation by the city's Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) has concluded.

The widebody, C-FITW (c/n 35298) was operating as AC15 between Toronto/Pearson and the Asian city on December 11, 2018, with four flight crew, 13 cabin crew and 376 passengers on board.

AC 777
After the tail strike, the widebody spent two months on the ground for major repair work. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

The crew consisted of a captain, two first officers (FO), of which one was assigned as an augment pilot and a cruise relief pilot. One of the FOs became pilot flying (PF) from the top of descent.

They had recently qualified on the 777 following an eight-week type conversion course from the narrowbody Embraer E190. The individual had completed the fully simulator-based course on December 6, 2018.

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