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Airbus A320 Tailstrike On Landing

The crew were carrying out a manually flown ILS approach without the use of flight directors or autothrust. At 530 ft agl the aircraft was well above the normal 3º glideslope. The glideslope was not regained until shortly before landing, and by then the speed was below approach speed (VAPP) and the descent rate was high. During the flare, full back sidestick was applied and the aircraft bounced after touching down in a high pitch attitude; the second touchdown was also in a high pitch attitude. Post flight inspection confirmed that the aircraft tail had struck the ground on landing.

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