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Tornado GR4A, ZA 371

Date of occurrence: 05 August 2008

Summary:
The aircraft diverted to Newcastle Airport following a bird strike. During landing, an electrical connection in the right engine reverse thrust control system became intermittent, producing random oscillations of the engine’s reverse thrust buckets. The fault was such that it was not clearly indicated to the crew until the aircraft had travelled a considerable distance along the runway and the pilot did not take the appropriate action of retarding the right power lever. With full dry power selected on both engines throughout the landing roll, there was thus a considerable forward component of thrust, and the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft before it overran the runway end.

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Report name:
Tornado GR4A, ZA 371
Registration:
ZA 371
Type:
Tornado GR4A
Location:
Newcastle Airport
Date of occurrence:
05 August 2008
Category:
Commercial Air Transport - Fixed Wing
Summary:
The aircraft diverted to Newcastle Airport following a bird strike. During landing, an electrical connection in the right engine reverse thrust control system became intermittent, producing random oscillations of the engine’s reverse thrust buckets. The fault was such that it was not clearly indicated to the crew until the aircraft had travelled a considerable distance along the runway and the pilot did not take the appropriate action of retarding the right power lever. With full dry power selected on both engines throughout the landing roll, there was thus a considerable forward component of thrust, and the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft before it overran the runway end.
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