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Boeing 767 freighter suffers tail strike, but continues flying for 8 hours

A Boeing 767-300 cargo aircraft suffered a tail strike while departing from Tokyo, Japan, to Vancouver, Canada, but continued the flight and reached the destination around 8 hours after the incident. ( Plus d'info...

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Cleffer 5
"Inspectors found a 31 meters long, 15 centimeters wide, and 2 centimeters deep rubbing mark, indicating that the tail of the aircraft had indeed contacted the runway surface. One of the runways lights, which mark a centerline, was also found damaged."

That's 91 feet long, a 1/2 foot wide, but only a minuscule deep of a dig into the runway.

So pretty long, but very shallow. Like my last relationship. HEYO.
Roy Hunte 4
Shows the quality built into the 757/767 line. 😁
Highflyer1950 2
I’m guessing that a Vr of 150 mph the tail contacted the runway for about 3/4 of a second. The aircraft would be travelling at about 65 metre per second at that speed.
Shenghao Han 2
Devil's advocate here,
I wonder if ATC notified the last departure. Otherwise it's won't be that easy for flight deck to hear the tail strike...
Interestingly Mentor Pilot just made a video no long ago talking about 737-800 hade a very serious tail strike, even hit the wall with the wheels, and pilots elected to continue untill the company told them to divert.
Coalora 2
That was Lion Air... which should tell you the safety consciousness of the airline. The crew aren't paid unless they continue their flight to destination.
Cleffer 2
They aren't paid if they die on the way there, either. :)
Greg S 1
Air India Express flight 611. That "tail strike" was actually a tail strike followed by striking and taking out part of the ILS array followed by the wheels smashing through the upper part of the perimeter wall.
Mike Mohle 1
Continuing a long overwater flight in a possibly unairworthy aircraft? I would have pulled the CYA card and opted for a return to save my career.
Highflyer1950 2
I believe the -300 is equipped with a retractable tail skid and if the strike is hard enough a warning message will illuminate on the EICAS system. Older aircraft (like the DC-8-63 ) had a fixed skid with a cartridge that would collapse into itself depending on how severe the strike. If the aircraft pressurized normally one could continue to destination and have maintenance check it out. More times than not, just the cartridge was replaced, which is a lot cheaper than dumping 30,000 lb of fuel to return. The flight engineer could also replace it from the spares kit on a turn around.
bigkahuna400 0
These are tanks and very well built. Not like the paper airplanes of today like the 787 etc.

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