Why BA A350-1000 suffered tail-strike during go-around

The three-year-old widebody picked up damage to its fuselage surface when the tail struck the ground during a go-around at Heathrow after a prolonged float during the flare to land.

A British Airways Airbus A350-1000 suffered a tail-strike during a go-around at London/Heathrow after its first officer applied full nose-up pitch commands, an investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has found.

The jet, G-XWBC (c/n 362), was at the end of a flight from Dubai and was landing on Runway 27L at the London hub on January 2, 2022 when the incident occurred.

BA operates a fleet of 12 A350-1000s.
BA operates a fleet of 12 A350-1000s. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

The wind conditions at Heathrow were blustery – reported as 210° at 11kts gusting 22kts – but were within limits for the approach.

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