Lindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3086 posts, RR: 15 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3151 times:
I was just browsing through the database and came across the following interesting photo with a surprisingly low number of hits. What happens when the tailcone falls off your MD-80? How significant an event is this? How often does it happen?
I suppose the answers may be "not much," but it's still an interesting photo.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2864 times:
It certainly doesn't happen very often. Other than the MIA photo you posted, I can only recall one other, an Air Canada DC-9 back in the 1980s sometime, up in the NE somewhere. There may be others, but I'm not aware of them.
As far as effects go, I'd imagine that the changed aerodynamics might create some general buffeting or maybe some vibrations felt in the rudder, but I'm sure the pilots here can provide more authortative info....
Beltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
I doubt that you could do a revenue flight without the tailcone, but I think it could be ferried without the cone. It is not a part of the pressurized hull, so you can lose it without risking life and limb, and is mostly cosmetic. There is, I believe, a liferaft in there that may fall out!
Nwfltattendant From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 341 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2436 times:
In the tailcone of the DC9/MD80, theres a self inflating slide, which deploys as soon as the cone is dropped. HOWEVER. Seeing as there isnt a slide trailing behind in the wind, I would say that the slidepack departed the aircraft along with the tailcone. I will post a picture of such in a few hours.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
During testing of the MD-80 the first test aircraft made a very hard landing. Not only did the tailcone come off but the entire tail aft of the pressure bulkhead, vertical and horizontal. Evidently the crew misjudged their decent rate.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2261 times:
Yes I believe it was Yuma, not sure if the FAA was riding along. When I was working for Boeing I saw the video. In slo-mo you see the airframe flex and the tail come off. In normal time it was quite obvious he was coming in to fast. On of the technicians on board thought it was a rough landing but had no idea as to the damage. When he opened the aft door way he looked out onto open sky. Quite a shocker.
Da man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12 Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
I remember watching a movie where the tailcone of a DC-9 (I think) was jetisoned in flight. It was about an airborne bank heist. Great airborne shots of a Lockheed Jetstar in the film as well. I just can't remember the name of it.
Unattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2280 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
It's probably a bit more than cosmetic. There are probably aerodynamic factors involved too.
If you are talking about D. B. Cooper, it was a 727 and the rear airstairs were lowered on that flight.
The FAA has listings of submitted aircraft and airport incidents but a specific date is not given. You would search all of 1987 if ya want... This incident may be to old to find through the FAA website.