FAA details American MD-83 wing-strike

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US investigators have disclosed that an American Airlines Boeing MD-83's wing struck the runway as the aircraft attempted to land at a New York state airport in gusting wind conditions.

The aircraft, identified as bearing registration N966TW, had been landing at LaGuardia after a flight from Chicago O'Hare on 5 May.

Weather conditions at the time showed winds from the south-west but the aircraft apparently was conducting an approach to LaGuardia's runway 22 - rather than runway 31 - which would have resulted in crosswind conditions.

In an incident file the US FAA stated that the aircraft executed a missed approach but struck its left wing-tip on the runway. Wind speeds at the time were 17kt gusting to 25kt.

The aircraft, arriving as flight AA366 with 98 passengers, landed without incident on the second attempt, the FAA added.

Engines on the MD-83 are fitted on the rear fuselage, eliminating the need for a tall undercarriage for engine ground clearance. This means the type sits low, and needs relatively little roll to bring the wing in contact with the ground.