Stuck - March 2003

Singapore Airlines 747-400 under-fuselage tail damage Auckland 12 Mar 03

Flight SQ286   Regn: 9V-SMT

A/c rotated prematurely below Vmu (min unstick spd) for its 385,000kgs brakes release wt, exceeding body angle 12.5deg. Forced to land heavily overweight after tailstrike caused APU fire indicn. O’shot first heavy appch

Last 8m of under-fuselage ripped open, APU doors gone, pipes dangling. Suspect loadsheet error, pilot inexperience on type and incorrectly deduced. operational data (V1/V2). 30 flights disrupted as runway closed for debris.