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Pobeda 737 suffers damage from go-around tail-strike

One of Russian budget carrier Pobeda's Boeing 737-800s has suffered damage during a tail-strike following a service to Gyumri in Armenia.

Armenia's Civil Aviation Committee states that the incident occurred at 21:04 on 19 August as the jet arrived from Moscow Vnukovo.

The aircraft "hit the runway" at Shirak airport causing "tail damage", says the committee. None of the 173 passengers was injured, it adds.

Gyumri's Shirak airport has a single runway, designated 02/20.

Russian federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia states that the aircraft, which also had six crew members, was operating flight DP855 and conducting a go-around at Gyumri when the suspected tail-strike occurred.

Inspection of the aircraft after landing revealed tail-bumper damage, paintwork abrasion on the fuselage underside in the region of an aft drain nozzle. The aircraft (VQ-BTJ) was subsequently withdrawn from operations for further damage assessment.

Cirium's Fleets Analyzer lists VQ-BTJ as a 2014 airframe leased through SMBC Aviation Capital.

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