Lindy
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Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:32 am

Hi Guys,

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.

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ehho
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RE: Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:39 am

Well, it didn't always have that dent, at least:

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Interesting though, it does look like hit by a truck. However, I guess that it would be noticed very quick. I've been to ORD T3 on many occasions, and the captains always do very thorough checks on those super 80s before they fly them, even on cold dark December mornings... they'll be there, in coats and with flashlights, inspecting every inch, especially the gear bays and engines!
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RE: Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:44 am

From that angle of view it almost looks as if there may be some interferrence with the rudder. Brings new meaning to "tail strike".
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RE: Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:50 am

Tail cones are non- structural....There will be a small penalty for weight carrying but it will just be differed on the CDL...

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RE: Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:43 am

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.

Was funny when an airstart was done on an NK MD-80 and it blew the tail cone off since the pipe that supplied the air was leaking.
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RE: Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:46 am

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.
 
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RE: Dented American MD-80

Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:06 am

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.

Thanks for the information! It looks worse than it is in reality..
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