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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2332 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

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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2284 times:


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Another lucky day.

UAL747


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2221 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..


User currently offline747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2203 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.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2197 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


User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2188 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.



User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2156 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



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User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 809 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2132 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



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User currently offlineNight_Flight From United States of America, joined May 1999, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2047 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-



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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

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

Same thing happened with the A321.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1841 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


User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5222 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1735 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




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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

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

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

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

co


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