A cadet pilot flying a Jetstar Airbus A320 used too much drive to the aircraft’s sidestick controller as it rotated, resulting in the aircraft’s tail putting the runway as it took off from Melbourne Tullamarine airport on eleven May possibly 2016.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) closing report on the incident says that the tailstrike resulted in damage to the aircraft’s auxiliary energy device (APU) diverter and APU drain mast.

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The A320, registered VH-VGF, was running a flight to Hobart, and was being flown by the cadet pilot in the ideal-hand seat, with a coaching captain in the left-hand seat. A safety pilot, who was also the initially officer, was in the jumpseat.

After the plane took off, the cadet pilot realised that the pitch charge during rotation was better than standard, and talked over it with the captain. The cabin crew also reported listening to an strange noise during get-off to the captain.

“Due to the better than standard rotation charge and the noise heard by the cabin crew, the captain elected to prevent the climb and return to Melbourne. The initially officer swapped seats with the cadet pilot and the plane landed uneventfully on runway 27,” the ATSB says.

At the time the plane was on the ground, an engineering inspection verified that a tailstrike experienced transpired, and the captain notified air visitors command.

In its analysis, the ATSB highlighted that the captain experienced only recommended air visitors controllers that they had been returning to Melbourne because of to an “engineering issue”, relatively than advising them of a possible tailstrike.

“Following this incident, the operator circulated a publication to their A320 flight crew highlighting the want to advise ATC of a suspected tail strike or any failure resulting in damage/debris,” it adds.

In a statement supplied to FlightGlobal, Jetstar says that there was no structural damage to the plane and it has operated since without the need of even more incident.

“The pilot involved was taken off flying obligations though he underwent added simulator coaching and assessments and following productively passing this coaching returned to flying and has operated since without the need of even more incident,” it adds.

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