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!
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12426 posts, RR: 40 Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1464 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....
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1440 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.
MD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1287 posts, RR: 22 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1431 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.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1698 posts, RR: 38 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1399 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.
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