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Last updated: 9 December 2021
Date:Friday 25 November 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-24APF
Operator:United Parcel Service - UPS
Registration: N413UP
MSN: 23853/195
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:8830
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW2040
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Tulsa International Airport, OK (TUL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF/KSDF), United States of America
Destination airport:Tulsa International Airport, OK (TUL/KTUL), United States of America
The Boeing 757-24APF, N413UP, was substantially damaged during landing at the Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma. Neither of the two crewmembers, the sole occupants, were injured.
The FDR showed that the approach was stable down to 50 feet, the approach speed was 130 knots (Vref +4). The airspeed was decreased to 118 knots (Vref minus 8 knots) and the aircraft floated down the runway for approximately 8 seconds. The recorder also indicated that pitch attitude was increasing as the airspeed dissipated. The pitch attitude at touchdown was 7.3 degrees and reached 10.9 degrees in the next 5 seconds. The airplane experienced a tail strike which caused substantial structural damage. An inspection revealed damage to the belly skin, stringers, drain mast, and aft bulkhead.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain Vref during approach and his improper flare touchdown that resulted in an excessive pitch up attitude following touchdown."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 174 days (6 months)
Accident number: FTW95LA055
Download report: Summary report

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Distance from Louisville-Standiford Field, KY to Tulsa International Airport, OK as the crow flies is 919 km (574 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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