EnoreFilho From Brazil, joined Jun 2004, 58 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5681 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!!!!
JeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5290 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.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 26 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4289 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.
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.