A JET2 plane carrying 238 passengers and crew from Leeds-Bradford airport was involved in a minor scare on landing at Alicante-Elche Airport last week.
The Ministerio de Fomento, ministry of public works, has opened an enquiry on the incident which happened at 10.38h on the morning of Monday April 10.
The aircraft, a Boeing B757-200, operated by Jet2.com, bounced whilst landing on Runway 10 at Alicante Airport, prompting the captain to take control of the plane.
However, on bounce recovery, the tail of the plane hit the runway surface, causing the plane to roll, but continue to land succesfully.
The incident was not considered to be major and although the disembarking passengers appeared shaken by the experience, there were no reported injuries to either holidaymakers or crew.
The flight from Yorkshire had proceeded routinely without incident and after a close inspection of the damaged tail, the return flight to Leeds-Bradford Airport departed normally.
Spain’s Civil Aviation Authority ( CIAAIC ) have also opened an investigation on the incident and reported substantial damage to the aircraft’s tail.
Aviation sources were careful to point out that although incidents of this type are considered rare, they do happen on occasions and can generally be attributed to slight miscalculation on the part of the pilot.