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.
|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.
|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.