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Swift Air 737 landed long before wet-runway overrun

Czech investigators have disclosed that a Swift Air Boeing 737-800 touched down long at Pardubice airport before it overran the wet runway.

The aircraft (N624XA) had been conducting an ILS approach to runway 27, says investigation authority UZPLN in a third-quarter incident bulletin.

It states that the aircraft had carried out the approach in the wake of rain showers, adding that a wind from the north-east meant the jet was subject to a tailwind component.

Although the first officer, who was flying, proposed “strong” braking owing to the wet runway, the captain insisted on a combination of reverse thrust and reduced braking.

The first officer disengaged the autopilot at 1,000ft and continued the approach manually.

It crossed the threshold at a height of 64ft – higher than the typical 50ft – and landed long, touching down after 967m (3,170ft).

This meant it had overflown almost 40% of the 2,500m runway before making contact, leaving the crew about 1,530m to bring the aircraft to a halt.

“The crew was not able to slow the aircraft after such a long landing on the wet runway,” says UZPLN. It overran onto soft ground.

None of the occupants was injured and the aircraft, which was conducting a service from Crete for Czech carrier Smartwings, was undamaged during the 1 August incident.

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