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Dented American MD-80  
User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

Hi Guys,

Yesterday I took this picture at DCA. Did catering truck hit it and didn't notified airline, or its normal to fly with dents in the tail cone?

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Landing on runway 19.

Rafal

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User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Well, it didn't always have that dent, at least:

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Interesting though, it does look like hit by a truck. However, I guess that it would be noticed very quick. I've been to ORD T3 on many occasions, and the captains always do very thorough checks on those super 80s before they fly them, even on cold dark December mornings... they'll be there, in coats and with flashlights, inspecting every inch, especially the gear bays and engines!



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User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

From that angle of view it almost looks as if there may be some interferrence with the rudder. Brings new meaning to "tail strike".


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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3078 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Tail cones are non- structural....There will be a small penalty for weight carrying but it will just be differed on the CDL...

GS



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User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

It isn't structurally important. An MD80 can dispatch without a tailcone if I remember correctly. It is not aerodynamically significant. As long as it will still operate normally, it can be carried over for maintnance. Certainly no one could miss that on a walk aroound.

User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Quoting MD88Captain (Reply 4):
It isn't structurally important. An MD80 can dispatch without a tailcone if I remember correctly. It is not aerodynamically significant. As long as it will still operate normally, it can be carried over for maintnance. Certainly no one could miss that on a walk aroound.

Was funny when an airstart was done on an NK MD-80 and it blew the tail cone off since the pipe that supplied the air was leaking.



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13040 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

Since the tailcone isn't part of the pressurized section of the aircraft and not a major aerodynmic issue if dented as it is, probably it will be replaced at the next weekly check and have the replacement part available to minimise loss of time out of service.

User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 6):
Since the tailcone isn't part of the pressurized section of the aircraft and not a major aerodynmic issue if dented as it is, probably it will be replaced at the next weekly check and have the replacement part available to minimise loss of time out of service.

Thanks for the information! It looks worse than it is in reality..



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