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Damaged Plane Lands Safely  
User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

According to the BBC news website a Helios 737 (ZU 401) suffered a birdstrike to its rear tail upon take-off, the plane landed safely after taking off from Luton with 180 on board.
I guess it was up in the air a while as well, seeming its destination was Cyprus, and it had to burn off fuel for landing..

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User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2251 times:


heres a pic of the helios coming in to land
(from bbc website)

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

"and it had to burn off fuel for landing"

Didn't have to, but chose to. Just one indicator that the problem was not particularly serious and the crew were not worried.

If they were seriously concerned it would have been a land ASAP scenario regardless of weight. This also applies to aircraft which have the facility to dump fuel rapidly.

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
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