Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Two aircraft tail strikes in two days, luckily all safe

New Delhi: Two aircraft have suffered tail strikes on landing in last two days. An Air India Express (AI-Ex) Boeing 737 bounced slightly on touch down at Calicut and then had a tail strike on Monday. And in the other case, a GoAir Airbus A320 suffered this on landing at Ranchi Sunday (June 30). Luckily, in both incidents no one on board was injured and the aircraft involved were also not damaged.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing these two incidents of tail strikes.

The AI-Ex flight was coming in from Dammam as IX 382 with about 190 people on board. “After touching down, the aircraft had a light bounce. After touching down for the second time following the bounce, it reached the terminal safely. During inspection before being released for the next flight, our engineer observed that the B737 had had a tail strike,” said an official.

An AI-Ex spokesman said: “There was a tail strike on landing. The aircraft has been checked thoroughly and there was no damage. The plane is now being released to operate a flight to Sharjah.”

In the second case, GoAir’s Bengaluru-Ranchi flight had a tail strike during landing at its destination. A GoAir spokesperson said the airline’s flight G8-374 on Sunday “had a minor operational glitch. All the passengers on-board had a safe landing. After inspection, the aircraft has been put back into service (on Monday).”
These twin tail strikes comes after two incidents of aircraft veering off runway and taxiway on Sunday. And on Saturday (June 29), an IndiGo Airbus A320 neo operating from Dehradun to Bengaluru as 6E-912 had to divert to Delhi after yet another snag in the Part and Whitney engines that power this plane.
02/07/19 Times of India

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