FTW04WA066
FTW04WA066

On January 26, 2004, at 1607 central standard time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11, Brazilian registration PP-VTF, sustained minor damage following a tail strike while attempting to land on runway 23L at the Benito Juarez International Airport near Mexico City, Mexico. The 3 flight crewmembers, 7 cabin attendants, and 183 passengers were not injured. The airplane was being operated by VARIG Airlines of Brazil as flight 8670. The aircraft departed from Guarulhos International Airport near Sao Paolo, Brazil, and was destined for Mexico City, Mexico. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

While on final to runway 23L at Benito Juarez International Airport, at approximately 50 feet above ground level, the flight crew reported that a high sink rate developed. The aircraft captain attempted to cushion the landing and the tail of the aircraft struck the runway.

The accident is under the control and jurisdiction of the Government of the Republic of Mexico. Any further information may be obtained from:

Secretraria de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC)
Providencia 807, Cuarto Piso
Colonia del Valle, Codigo Postal 03100
Mexico, D.F.

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the DGAC of the Republic of Mexico.

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