Accident: Delta B752 at Ponta Delgada on Aug 18th 2019, hard touch down causes creases in fuselage

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N543US performing flight DL-414 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Ponta Delgada (Portugal), landed on Ponta Delgada’s runway 12 at 08:24L (08:24Z) but suffered a hard touch down. The aircraft rolled out and taxied to the apron. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage however.

A replacement Boeing 757-200 registration N538US positioned from Atlanta,GA (USA) to Ponta Delgada to perform the return flight.

On Aug 19th 2019 the FAA reported the occurrence was rated an accident, the aircraft sustained substantial damage when it landed hard in Ponta Delgada.

Metars:
LPPD 181000Z 05011KT 020V080 9999 FEW014 BKN035 22/17 Q1021=
LPPD 180930Z 04015KT 9999 FEW014 SCT035 21/17 Q1021=
LPPD 180900Z 04012KT 010V070 9999 FEW014 SCT035 21/17 Q1021=
LPPD 180830Z 04012KT 020V080 9999 FEW010 SCT040 21/17 Q1020=
LPPD 180800Z 04013KT 9999 FEW010 SCT040 21/17 Q1020=
LPPD 180730Z 05012KT 9999 FEW006 SCT010 21/18 Q1020=
LPPD 180700Z 04014KT 9999 FEW006 SCT010 20/18 Q1020=
LPPD 180630Z 05011KT 010V070 9999 FEW006 SCT010 20/18 Q1020=
LPPD 180600Z 04012KT 010V070 9999 FEW006 SCT010 20/19 Q1019=
LPPD 180530Z 05013KT 9999 -DZ FEW006 SCT010 BKN040 20/19 Q1019=
LPPD 180500Z 04012KT 360V060 9999 -DZ FEW006 SCT010 BKN040 20/19 Q1020=
LPPD 180430Z 04010KT 360V060 9999 -DZ FEW006 SCT010 BKN040 20/19 Q1019=
LPPD 180400Z 05009KT 020V080 9999 -DZ FEW006 SCT010 BKN040 21/19 Q1019=
LPPD 180330Z 04010KT 010V070 9999 -SHRA FEW006 SCT010 BKN040 21/19 Q1019=

The creases (Photos: Miguel Soares):