By Simon Hradecky A Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-8 freighter, registration JA13KZ performing flight KZ-258 from Hong Kong (Hong Kong) to Tokyo Narita (Japan), had departed Hong Kong’s runway 25L at 14:34L (06:34Z) and was about to land on Narita’s runway 16R at 18:51L (09:51Z) when the crew initiated a go around after touch down at 158 knots over ground. The aircraft climbed initially out at 130 knots over ground (below 100 feet AGL), accelerated and subsequently climbed to 8000 feet, positioned for another approach and landed safely on runway 16R at 158 knots over ground about 15 minutes later.

A post flight inspection found scrape marks of about 90cm (35 inches) width and 3 meters (118 inches) length at the bottom of the aft fuselage. A runway inspection at Narita Airport found no anomaly.

The airline reported the aircraft went around at Narita due to a strong wind gust. An inspection of the aircraft in Hong Kong had not found any anomaly on the airframe, hence the damage must have happened on the flight to Tokyo, presumably during go-around in Narita.

Japan’s Transport Ministry reported the occurrence was initially rated a serious incident (with the possibility of an accident rating should additional damage be found during closer examination) and is going to be investigated by Japan’s Transportation Safety Board (JTSB), who have dispatched investigators on site. Following landing scrape marks of 90cm width and 3 meters length were discovered. A runway inspection at Narita Airport found no anomalies on the runway.

Metars Hong Kong:
VHHH 010800Z 26006KT 9999 FEW035 23/16 Q1017 BECMG 12005KT=
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VHHH 010700Z 26007KT 9999 FEW035 24/15 Q1017 NOSIG=
VHHH 010630Z 26008KT 9999 FEW035 23/15 Q1017 NOSIG=
VHHH 010600Z 26007KT 9999 FEW035 24/15 Q1017 NOSIG=
VHHH 010530Z 25007KT 220V280 9999 FEW035 24/15 Q1018 NOSIG=
VHHH 010500Z 26006KT 9999 FEW035 23/15 Q1019 NOSIG=
VHHH 010430Z 26007KT 9999 FEW030 23/15 Q1019 NOSIG=
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VHHH 010330Z 32005KT 290V350 9999 FEW028 22/15 Q1020 NOSIG=
VHHH 010300Z 33005KT 300V360 9999 FEW028 23/15 Q1021 NOSIG=

Metars Tokyo:
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RJAA 012018Z 20010KT 4000 SHRA BR FEW009 BKN013 BKN020 14/12 Q1005 RMK 1ST009 5CU013 7CU020 A2969=
RJAA 012000Z 20012KT 170V240 6000 SHRA BKN015 BKN025 14/12 Q1005 TEMPO 22015G25KT 3000 SHRA BR FEW006 BKN014=
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RJAA 011930Z 19009KT 160V230 9999 -SHRA BKN020 BKN035 14/12 Q1006 TEMPO 22015G25KT 4000 SHRA BR=
RJAA 011910Z 20013G23KT 170V240 9999 -SHRA FEW020 BKN030 14/12 Q1006 RMK 1CU020 7CU030 A2972=
RJAA 011900Z 21009KT 160V240 8000 SHRA FEW020 BKN030 BKN040 14/12 Q1006 TEMPO 22015G25KT 4000 SHRA BR=
RJAA 011830Z 20010KT 170V240 9999 -SHRA FEW020 BKN030 15/11 Q1007 TEMPO FM1900 22015G25KT 4000 SHRA BR=
RJAA 011800Z 19009KT 9999 -SHRA FEW020 BKN030 13/11 Q1007 TEMPO FM1900 4000 SHRA BR=
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RJAA 011724Z 18007KT 7000 SHRA FEW015 BKN030 13/10 Q1009 RMK 1CU015 7CU030 A2979=
RJAA 011700Z 18006KT 140V220 9999 -SHRA FEW025 BKN035 13/09 Q1009 NOSIG=
RJAA 011630Z 15006KT 9999 VCSH FEW025 BKN035 13/09 Q1010 NOSIG=
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