MD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1343 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 17478 times:
It doesn't sound like much over the scream of the engines. Usually the FA's will call up and say they heard a scraping sound on takeoff. The normally pilots will not hear it, but they may sense it. I've had dozens of takeoffs where I have wondered how close we got to the tail because of the conduct of the rotation or the response of the aircraft. Thankfully I have not been invloved with a tailskid strike yet. But the guys that have (common on a 727) usually heard about it from the FA in the aft jumpseat.
Acey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1580 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17195 times:
I've had a couple tailstrikes in C172s trying to drag the plane in during flight team practices. Thankfully the 172s have that little tiedown ring in the tail that absorbs the shock. I've never had anything bad, but you can hear a faint scraping sound on the concrete.
Dfanucci From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17173 times:
I was a PAX on an Air France 707 (that should age me) that striked the tail on take off leaving Houston. In a word, it scared the living hell out of myself and every other passenger on board. The sound is not something you can easily describe, but it is one I've never forgotton.
On the flip side, I had some fantastic views of the Gulf as we dumped fuel in order to land....
LawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1001 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 16584 times:
Quoting MD88Captain (Reply 7): It doesn't sound like much over the scream of the engines. Usually the FA's will call up and say they heard a scraping sound on takeoff. The normally pilots will not hear it, but they may sense it.
I was sitting at the back of a 727-200 that tail struck on take-off...it sounded like one of the engines exploded, only the noise came from the bottom of the aircraft, not from the direction of the engines.
Sat at the front of a 767-300 that tail struck on landing...didn't know it had happened until I heard the F/As talking about it on the interphone on taxi in...
Quoting Dfanucci (Reply 15): The sound is not something you can easily describe, but it is one I've never forgotton.
Agree - the 727 sounded pretty horrific...imagine aluminum striking and dragging along concrete at 140mph...lasted about 3-4 seconds only, but that was enough!
JetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16390 times:
Ive had 2 both in dc-8,s one on a delta in their later generation dc-8 and wasnt that bad just a quick scrap, but the second one was on a dc-8 freighter as a few pallets either moved
or the cg was screwd up but the plane began a loud scapeing noise and i was in the front jumpseat We almost got airborne when the captn slammed the nose down and reversed the engines Like a dummy i wasnt strapped in and hit the floor. He was pissed because he said their was a cookie sheet loose that slid or it was way out of cg. We taxied back to the ramp ,he looked the plane over makeing a bigger deal than it really was and cancelled the flight to the hub that night until it could be checked further in daylight and he raised three shades of hell with the ground crew ..... Most of the freight was unloaded and moved commercial airlines the next am..
I went out there and sure enough it had the living hell scratched under there and looked like it may have heated up like small burn spots, It had a hook for a tail stand and it had been
scratched that far back,,