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User currently offlineEnoreFilho From Brazil, joined Jun 2004, 58 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

I was wondering, could be Singapore Airlines the tail strike champion???? Just because I saw the Top of Yesterday picture, and the aircraft tail is just about 2 meters from the runway. Also because there are a some reports of tailstrike incidents involving Singapore. And I could not forget the Malaysia Airlines tailstrike in Zürich!!!!


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User currently offlineJeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6158 times:

Tail strikes happen all the time. Virgin, Malaysian and Singapore, off the top of my head, have all had recent tail strikes. There is no champion as such.

The SQ 747 in that picture is a normal rotation. It may look like a close tail strike due to the illusions created by using a wide angle lens.

Cheers,

Jeff


User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6131 times:

How serious is a tail strike? Can a plane continue the take off, or is it aborted?

User currently offlineJeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

How serious is a tail strike? Can a plane continue the take off, or is it aborted?

Since upon rotation the aircraft has passed the V1 decision speed (the speed at which if you're below, you have enough runway to stop, and if you're above you have to fly as there is insufficient runway to stop), the takeoff will have to be continued. The procedure then is to land, usually after dumping fuel.

If the damage isn't too extensive, the aircraft will then be flown to a place where it can be fixed. It'll generally be flown unpressurized, to aviod excessive pressure on the damaged fuselage section.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Jeff


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5803 times:

A tail strike is SOP for any airline still flying DC-3's and C-46's....or any taildragger for that matter  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlinePhilaboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5566 times:

SQ did have a nasty tail strike in Auckland in March of last year



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5095 times:

At AS back in 1998, I remember seeing one of our 737 a/c in the hangar undergoing a HUGE HUGE sheetmetal repair that took about 3 weeks to complete.

The story goes like this as I was told:

N799AS was delivered to new AS from Boeing 2 weeks before this happened so it was a new a/c at the time. The aircraft was landing at JNU and overpitched too high and the tail had a skid. The tailskid barely touched the ground but the aft belly scraped the ground upon landing. The damage to the aircraft was pretty bad, so AS had to ferry the aircraft back to SEA with no pax on it but flew at a very low altitude. Once back in SEA in the hangar, the mechanics cut out a huge portion of the aft belly's skin and replaced it with one huge sheetmetal patch. I saw the cut out part of the skin and it looked like a pretty bad scrape.

AS employees: The next time you see 799AS at your station, look under the belly, aft of the main gear but before the tailskid and you'll see that HUGE sheetmetal patch.



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

I remember the SQ 744 tailstrike here in AKL, the plane was a wreck. The pilot had to return to AKL and didn't dump any fuel along the way.

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

CX had a tailstrike in AKL b4 as well.


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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4527 times:

Monarch had one with the A321 at FAO earlier this year.

Airtours (Now My Travel) had one with the 757 in the Dominican Rep a few years back, (Quite a bad one and a very long story).

Tailstrikes are common, the A321 seems to have (apparently) got a problem with tailstrikes because many A321 pilots also fly the smaller ones and over rotate.

Phil
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User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4394 times:

A friend of mine - who is a pilot for the world's favourite - had a recent tailstrike!

User currently offlineAC From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2004, 77 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4038 times:

CX had a tailstrike in AKL b4 as well.

Yes... and I remember the cockpit crew has decided to continue its way to HKG as the ATC of AKL reported no tailstrike has been noted.







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User currently offlineZaphod From United Arab Emirates, joined Feb 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3677 times:

EK had a recent accident at JNB right? Was it a tailstrike or did the 340 overshoot the runway?
Anyone has pictures of this incident?


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