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Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 12:23 am

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!!!!


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JeffDCA
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 1:16 am

Tail strikes happen all the time. Virgin, Malaysian and Singapore, off the top of my head, have all had recent tail strikes. There is no champion as such.

The SQ 747 in that picture is a normal rotation. It may look like a close tail strike due to the illusions created by using a wide angle lens.

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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 1:23 am

How serious is a tail strike? Can a plane continue the take off, or is it aborted?
 
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 1:32 am

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.

Hope this helps.

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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 12:01 pm

A tail strike is SOP for any airline still flying DC-3's and C-46's....or any taildragger for that matter  Laugh out loud
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 1:53 pm

SQ did have a nasty tail strike in Auckland in March of last year



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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:21 pm

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.
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:23 pm

I remember the SQ 744 tailstrike here in AKL, the plane was a wreck. The pilot had to return to AKL and didn't dump any fuel along the way.
 
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:40 pm

CX had a tailstrike in AKL b4 as well.
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:17 pm

Monarch had one with the A321 at FAO earlier this year.

Airtours (Now My Travel) had one with the 757 in the Dominican Rep a few years back, (Quite a bad one and a very long story).

Tailstrikes are common, the A321 seems to have (apparently) got a problem with tailstrikes because many A321 pilots also fly the smaller ones and over rotate.

Phil
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:58 pm

A friend of mine - who is a pilot for the world's favourite - had a recent tailstrike!
 
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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 9:39 pm

CX had a tailstrike in AKL b4 as well.

Yes... and I remember the cockpit crew has decided to continue its way to HKG as the ATC of AKL reported no tailstrike has been noted.




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RE: Tail Strike Champions

Sun Aug 08, 2004 11:07 pm

EK had a recent accident at JNB right? Was it a tailstrike or did the 340 overshoot the runway?
Anyone has pictures of this incident?

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