Many flight crews do not receive training to deal effectively with bounced landings says the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).
On July 22, 2008, at Hamilton Airport a Boeing 727 touched down hard and bounced before touching down hard a second time. Immediately after the second touchdown, the pilot decided to perform a go-around. During this manoeuvre, the tail contacted the runway. The aircraft climbed away and returned for a normal landing. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the aircraft.
In its investigation, the TSB found that while the aircraft manufacturer’s manual contained guidance on what to do if the plane bounced on landing, the pilots had never practiced this manoeuvre or received training to safely control and land a plane under these circumstances.
In light of this problem, the TSB is calling for operators to train crews on this manoeuvre and make it part of their training program.
The Board is recommending that the Canadian Department of Transport require air carriers to incorporate bounced landing recovery techniques in their manuals and during their training activities. (TSB)