The aircraft was taking off in daylight hours (15.00 hrs) from a Private (unlicensed) airfield when all four occupants onboard heard a “thump”. The Pilot Flying (PF) reported that, “there was no sensation of hitting anything, no yaw and no feeling of alteration of flight of the aircraft.”
Following some discussion between the PF and the right-hand seat occupant (who was the holder of a Private Pilot’s Licence) it was considered that the aircraft suffered a bird strike and this was subsequently reported to Shannon ATC.
The aircraft continued its climb to FL195 en-route to Lisbon, in Portugal. Sometime later, the PF observed on the fuel gauge that his port wing tiptank was registering empty, while some fuel still remained in the starboard tiptank.
The PF then decided that it would be prudent to divert to Jersey Airport and check the aircraft on the ground. After an uneventful landing at Jersey (17.07 hrs), it was found that the entire wingtip tank, and a portion of the port wing/aileron assembly, was missing.
A visit by the AAIU to the departure airfield the following day determined that the aircraft had struck a tall tree during take-off. Some fragments of the wing structure were found within the body of the tree, while the port tiptank was located approximately 70 metres from the impact point, in an adjacent field. There were no injuries. The Investigation is ongoing and a Report will be published in due course.
In the summer of 1983, an Israeli F-15 staged a mock dogfight with Skyhawks for training purposes, near Nahal Tzin in the Negev desert. During the exercise, one of the Skyhawks miscalculated and collided forcefully with the F-15's wing root. The F-15's pilot was aware that the wing had been seriously damaged, but decided to try and land in a nearby airbase. It was only after he had landed, when he climbed out of the cockpit and looked backward, that the pilot realized what had happened: the wing had been completely torn off the plane, and he had landed the plane with only one wing attached.
A few months later, the damaged F-15 had been given a new wing, and returned to operational duty in the squadron. The engineers at McDonnell Douglas had a hard time believing the story of the one-winged landing: as far as their planning models were concerned, this was an impossibility.
These Hornets also made a pretty good attempt at loseing parts in flight
IFACN From Italy, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4672 times:
Of course I suppose that if I loose not only the wingtip or some feet of the outboard wing but also part or all of an aileron it will be really bad...
Also I think that if the wing spar(s) are cracked by the impact (even if the pilot doesn't feel any immediate attitude change), it will also be a bad situation...
Quoting 2H4 (Reply 2): determined that the aircraft had struck a tall tree during take-off. Some fragments of the wing structure were found within the body of the tree
What's amazing me is that nobody noticed any missing part looking out of the windows, and that the PF realized the "empty tank" some time later...
May someone that has more flying experience than my 20 minutes on a 172 help me to understand?
That is one of the few cases I can think of, of an airliner-class plane with major wing damage ... Certainly one of, if not THE, only one with a clear picture like that taken, showing the damage (DHL in Baghdad being the other).
You can clearly see a goodly sized chunk torn from the leading edge, the fire on the trailing edge, and maybe even a chunk missing from the outboard end.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16371 posts, RR: 66 Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4409 times:
Quoting Litz (Reply 9): I forget sometimes not everyone has Firefox with Adblock ... surely the best thing ever invented, right after spinning wood twigs on the front end of airfoils ...
Quoting Litz (Reply 9): Is it considered "kosher" to directly link a picture like that?
Well... Strictly speaking it's not but it's not like we're slashdotting a tiny server. I doubt he'll get 100 hits, and they're spread out over a matter of days. In this case I wouldn't worry about it but use your head in these cases.
Someone stole a link from me once and my bandwidth usage went out of line. It was at some ridiculous site. As soon as I saw what was happening I changed the pic out for some rather hardcore S&M porn. Fixed the problem right quick too
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - from Citadel by John Ringo
Sfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4335 times:
Seems I remember an aircraft ( 747 or DC8 ) lost the rt wing from #4 engine, outbd, on takeoff from SFO. May have lost #4 engine, too. Can't remember what airline - will try to find more on this. Pretty sure they made back down OK.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4323 times:
That was a Pan Am 707. #4 motor broke off and the wing caught fire. Time/Life has photographs that were taken by a passenger during the emergency. All the flight crew was aware of was that they had lost power from #4 (they didn't learn of the burning wing until they had landed).
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
Sfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4321 times:
On 6/28/1965, Pan Am 707-321, just after takeoff from SFO had #4 engine disintegrate, tearing off the otbd 25' of wing . Plane made emergency landing at Travis AFB. This was the only info I could find, so far. I remember seeing a picture, probably taken by a passenger of the partial wing missing.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4238 times:
More info on this incident. The reason that the outboard section of wing was lost was due to the failure of the wing spars at that location. The failure was due to the intense heat of the fire which erupted when #4 motor broke away, severing fuel lines and live electrical lines. The reason for the failure of the #4 motor was an uncontained turbine blade failure.