SEA03WA033
SEA03WA033

On February 1, 2003, approximately 1100 Pacific standard time, the first officer of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-400, N764AS, discovered damage to the aft belly skin of the aircraft during the pre-departure walk around inspection at Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There had been no report of a tail strike or injuries to persons on the previous landing, but examination of the aircraft structure determined that the aircraft, which was being operated as a scheduled FAR Part 121 passenger carrier, had sustained substantial damage. The previous flight had departed Los Angeles, California, about 0800 the same morning, and landed in Vancouver around 1000. The flight, which landed in visual meteorological conditions, had been on an IFR flight plan.

After the initial inspection was completed, the aircraft was ferried to Everett, Washington, where a major repair was performed on the damaged skin and fuselage strap. A review of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) data by Alaska Airlines Flight Safety Department determined that the aircraft had landed slow and hard at Vancouver, and that it had momentarily rotated beyond its compressed-strut nose up limit.

This report is for informational purposes only. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Canada. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Alec Moffat, Investigator in-Charge
#4-3071 Number Five Rd.
Richmond, BC V6X2T4
(604) 666-2197

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