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Wings Air to review ATR bounce recovery after landing incident

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) has asked Wings Air to review its bounce recovery training for pilots, following a 2016 Christmas Day incident where its ATR 72-600 suffered major damage after a hard landing in Semarang.

The aircraft, registered PK-WGW, was flying from Bandung to Ahmad Yani International airport when the incident took place at 6:24 local time.

In a preliminary investigation report, the NTSC says that the turboprop was on final approach with the runway in sight when tower control advised that the surface wind direction was 190° with velocity of 15 knots. The runway was also wet.

Upon touch down, the aircraft bounced twice. The pilot attempted to do a go around after the second bounce, as per regulation, but failed.

During the landing roll, the tower controller noticed that the aircraft was at an "abnormal attitude" and tilted to the right. The turboprop deviated to the right of the runway centreline, where it eventually came to a stop.

The pilot called for an emergency evacuation, but none of the 68 passengers and four crew onboard were injured.

Images provided by the NTSC show the aircraft’s right main landing gear folded inwards, and its number two engine's propeller tips broken. The aircraft fuselage also suffered several dents.

“The investigation is continuing and will include details of the following information: description of the flight recorders, related procedures of the operators, human factors issue, flight technique and aircraft system,” adds the NTSC.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that PK-WGW was built in 2015 and is owned by managed by the Lion group subsidiary.

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