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Topic: Tailstrikes
Username: Continental
Posted 2003-04-06 00:47:12 and read 2349 times.

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I've wondered if this was done intentionally. I mean like was it a training session, or something of the likes? Or was it an accident!? I bet that would have significant damage! Once I was on a Sun Country 727 from MSP to JFK and on takeoff at MSP we heard this large scraping noise which started off as a boom. I asked the pilot at the end, and he said it was possibly a minor tailstrike!

co

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: Ual747
Posted 2003-04-06 01:05:13 and read 2301 times.


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Another lucky day.

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Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: EGGD
Posted 2003-04-06 02:13:42 and read 2238 times.

Look at the sparks..

Of course, its not necassarily a huge problem, there are usually some sort of tailstrike device on the tail which prevents damage in these situations (I know on the 767-300's they have a small bit at the back that touches the ground).

Every aircraft does tailstrike tests AFAIK, there is a picture of an A346 doing a maximum payload test as well somewhere with a tailstrike....

More common than you might think..

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: 747-451
Posted 2003-04-06 02:38:39 and read 2220 times.

Yes, tailstrikes are a mjaor problem. JAL123, JA8119 comes to mind. even though a bad repair was to blame, if a tail strike didn't happen, niether would have the catastrophe.

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: OPNLguy
Posted 2003-04-06 02:45:08 and read 2214 times.

>>>727 from MSP to JFK and on takeoff at MSP we heard this large scraping noise which started off as a boom. I asked the pilot at the end, and he said it was possibly a minor tailstrike!

So he continued the flight? "Possibly" a "minor" tailstrike? Ummm.....

Every manual I've ever seen (certainly not all, BTW), offers pretty much the same kind of guidance. One manual says that tailstrikes may not be apparent from inside the aircraft, and that if advised by ATC or another aircraft that a tailstrike might have occurred, you're not supposed to pressurize the aircraft, and some other steps.

The main concern is possible damage to the aft cabin pressure bulkhead (thus, no pressurization), and that also means the you're probably going to come back to the airport you just launched from, given fuel considerations.

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=47798

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: MD88Captain
Posted 2003-04-06 02:48:01 and read 2205 times.

Some aircraft are more prone to tailstrikes than other aircraft. And tailstrikes are never good for the pilot who did it. At the very least it will require an inspection by maintenance personnel. At the worst it can be an expensive repair.

They happen usually when a pilot overrotates or when the aircraft weighs more than the crew thinks.

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: DeltaMD11
Posted 2003-04-06 04:00:35 and read 2173 times.

Just a note...the 727-200 series is equipped with a tail skid, and in that picture it appears as if it is just the tail skid being drug along the ground. *Most* aircraft that have been stretched have tail skids to reduce the tendency to overrotate.

Bryan

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: AC_B777
Posted 2003-04-06 04:27:56 and read 2149 times.

I'll just add to what OPNLguy posted.

http://www.airdisaster.com/photos/9v-smt/photo.shtml
http://www.airdisaster.com/photos/9v-smt/2.shtml
http://www.airdisaster.com/photos/9v-smt/3.shtml

AC_B777

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: Night_Flight
Posted 2003-04-06 07:08:34 and read 2064 times.

I have heard that the 757-300's have had a lot of trouble lately with tailstrikes.

757 pilots are having a little trouble ajusting to the extra length of the fuselage.

-Night_Flight-

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: Backfire
Posted 2003-04-06 12:29:29 and read 1973 times.

757 pilots are having a little trouble ajusting to the extra length of the fuselage.

Same thing happened with the A321.

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: Continental
Posted 2003-04-06 16:17:43 and read 1858 times.

OPNLguy: Indeed, the flight went on with no troubles. I'm guessing there's a device that Sun Country installed on their tails.

co

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: Ghost77
Posted 2003-04-06 22:28:58 and read 1752 times.

In fact, I didn't notice about the tail strike until I went back to pick up my films... but definetly a very nice pic! And very lucky from my part...

ghost77  Smile
R. Morales

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: OPNLguy
Posted 2003-04-06 22:57:51 and read 1718 times.

Missed the fact that it was a 727, which does have a tailskid...

Topic: RE: Tailstrikes
Username: Continental
Posted 2003-04-07 00:06:16 and read 1676 times.

Ricardo, I love the pic, it's great! Good job!

co


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