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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Tuesday 11 December 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic B77W model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 777-333ER
Operator:Air Canada
Registration: C-FITW
MSN: 35298/638
First flight: 2007-05-22 (11 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 General Electric GE90-115B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 393
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKG) (   Hong Kong)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ), Canada
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Air Canada flight AC15, a Boeing 777-300ER, suffered a tailstrike while landing on runway 07R at Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport. The aircraft was able to taxi to the gate normally. The return flight was cancelled, as the aircraft sustained structural damage requiring a major repair.

Runway mishap

» TSB A18F0282

METAR Weather report:
06:00 UTC / 14:30 local time:
VHHH 110630Z 33012KT 9999 FEW040 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG

07:00 UTC / 15:00 local time:
VHHH 110700Z 33016KT 9999 FEW040 18/10 Q1020 NOSIG


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON to Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport as the crow flies is 12461 km (7788 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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