>>>727 from MSP
and on takeoff at MSP
we heard this large scraping noise which started off as a boom. I asked the pilot at the end, and he said it was possibly a minor tailstrike!
So he continued the flight? "Possibly" a "minor" tailstrike? Ummm.....
Every manual I've ever seen (certainly not all, BTW), offers pretty much the same kind of guidance. One manual says that tailstrikes may not be apparent from inside the aircraft, and that if advised by ATC or another aircraft that a tailstrike might have occurred, you're not supposed to pressurize the aircraft, and some other steps.
The main concern is possible damage to the aft cabin pressure bulkhead (thus, no pressurization), and that also means the you're probably going to come back to the airport you just launched from, given fuel considerations.
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