Tui flight makes emergency landing after tail hits runway during take-off

A Tui flight was pressured to make an emergency touchdown final month after its tail clipped the runway on take-off.

Flight TOM 2384 took off from Manchester Airport at 8.30am on 9 March, certain for Fuerteventura, however needed to return to the airport 45 minutes later, reviews Manchester Night Information.

After the airplane’s tail “contacted the runway floor”, the pilot set about “dumping gasoline” at round 10,000 ft, flying across the Lake District earlier than returning to Manchester Airport in “emergency mode”.

The plane, a Boeing 737-800, was in a position to land safely on the airport and clients waited seven hours earlier than boarding a distinct airplane to their vacation spot.

A Tui spokesperson advised The Impartial: “Flight TOM2384 from Manchester to Fuerteventura performed a precautionary return touchdown after experiencing a technical difficulty on Wednesday 9 March 2022.

“The protection of our passengers and crew is our primary precedence and everybody was safely disembarked. A brand new plane was sourced and clients arrived in Fuerteventura shortly after. We wish to apologise to these clients affected and thank them for his or her persistence and understanding.

Tail strikes usually happen when an plane takes off at too excessive an angle, and although comparatively frequent, pilots are skilled to keep away from them.

Though a minor strike shouldn’t be essentially harmful, any form of tail strike can weaken the plane so it should be inspected as quickly as doable earlier than persevering with to function.

A Boeing research from 2004 confirmed that extra tail strikes happen on touchdown than on takeoff – 82 per cent of 737-400 tail strikes had been discovered to have occurred on touchdown, whereas 70 per cent of 737-800 tail strikes occurred on touchdown.

Plane are extra prone to tail strikes throughout windy situations.

One other Boeing report on the sort of incident discovered that pilot expertise could be a issue: “The quantity of flight crew expertise with the mannequin of airplane flown is a extra vital issue. Whereas the tail strike might happen to pilots with ample flight time in a mannequin, most happen to pilots transitioning from one airplane mannequin to a different and have fewer than 100 hours of flight time within the new mannequin.

“Incidents are best amongst pilots throughout their first heavy-weight operations within the new mannequin, particularly when the climate is marginal.”

In January 2022, a JetBlue Airbus A320 suffered a tail strike whereas taking off at Yampa Valley Regional airport in Colorado.

A passenger captured the numerous jolt within the cabin because the airplane’s tail struck the runway on video, with individuals onboard audibly shocked by the bump.

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