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Capt Claret
31st Jan 2013, 21:56
Reported in today's Courier Mail


Flight turns back after tail hits runway

From: CourierMail
February 01, 2013
A PLANE full of passengers headed to Sydney from Brisbane were turned around mid-air after the tail of the aircraft struck the runway on take-off.
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Going Nowhere
31st Jan 2013, 22:02
FlightAware (http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHZXF/history/20130131/0625Z/YBBN/YSSY)

Can't have been too much damage as it flew out later last night

FlightAware (http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHZXF/history/20130131/0950Z/YBBN/YSSY)

2nd Feb 2013, 05:24
Love your work Jack!:ok:

Avherald covered this with zero fanfare and zilch overdramatization:D:

Incident: Qantas B763 at Brisbane on Jan 31st 2013, tail scrape on takeoff
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Feb 1st 2013 21:45Z, last updated Friday, Feb 1st 2013 21:45Z
A Qantas Boeing 767-300, registration VH-ZXF performing flight QF-545 from Brisbane,QL to Sydney,NS (Australia), was rotating for takeoff from Brisbane's runway 01 when the tail of the aircraft contacted the runway surface. The crew continued the takeoff, stopped the climb at 3000 feet and returned to Brisbane for a safe landing 01 about 15 minutes after departure.

The airline confirmed a very minor tail strike. All passengers were rebooked onto other flights.

Following checks the aircraft departed Brisbane about 3 hours after landing as flight QF-6124 to Sydney and resumed service the following morning.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA545/history/20130131/0625Z/YBBN/YSSY (http://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA545/history/20130131/0625Z/YBBN/YSSY)

Ben also puts an interesting spin on this event:
ATSB doesnít list Qantas tail strike, lists Virgin incident

A Qantas jet has a scary takeoff, kissing runway with tail, ATSB does nothing. A Virgin Australia jet has scary landing at Gold Coast, acquaplanes down runway, ATSB investigates. Huh!

In an election year itís quite clear no-one in government or opposition really gives a damn about questionable standards in air safety investigations in this country.

And this is not about the we-are-safe piffle that comes out of both sides, which is part of the not-giving-a-damn ritual.

It is about the ATSB failing to list a tail strike by a Qantas 767 departing Brisbane airport on 31 January, but notifying an inquiry into a Virgin Australia wind shear and acquaplaning incident (http://atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2013/aair/ao-2013-025.aspx) on landing at the Gold Coast airport in atrocious weather on 28 January.

Both incidents are referenced with more detail on the Aviation Herald site (http://avherald.com/) under its entries for 1 February.

In the Virgin Australia incident the pilot regained control of the 737 after it slid briefly out of control down the runway. In the Qantas incident the detail in the Aviation Herald report suggests this was a minor, non damaging incident handled correctly by the airline.

Which while reassuring is beside the point. When any airliner makes contact with the runway with its tail during take off, that is, metal touches tarmac at significant velocity, itís charter requires it to statistically record and notify of the incident, because statistics, patterns, and associations of various elements of flight is a key part of its role in support of air safety in Australia.

It says so in its own material.

For an organisation whose integrity and trustworthiness is up for attention by a Senate Committee inquiry into its allegedly dishonest, deceitful and inappropriate final report into the Pel-Air crash of an air ambulance near Norfolk Island in 2009 leaving out a scary takeoff incident by one Australian airline while investigating a scary landing by another isnít right.

The short odds would be on the ATSB also investigating the Qantas incident, and blaming administrative lag for not listing it, which in itself, is unacceptable.
Qantas tail strike, no safety action, Virgin slide, inquiry! | Plane Talking (http://blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalking/2013/02/02/atsb-doesnt-list-qantas-tail-strike-lists-virgin-incident/)

I assume the Red Rat has reported the incident to the ATSB?? So what gives?:rolleyes:

Capn Bloggs
2nd Feb 2013, 07:56
Making a mountain out of a mole-hill in this instance, methinks...

2nd Feb 2013, 08:00
I don't know the exact stats but we have a couple a year I think. I agree Bloggs although I'm sure the ASIR would have been submitted.

2nd Feb 2013, 08:47
I understand that the ATSB only investigates certain incidents and ignores others. I was trying to get some details regarding a turbulence encounter in 2006 that involved a Skywest F50 aircraft where a FA, known to me, suffered a broken leg. The ATSB website has no record of the event.

Jack Ranga
2nd Feb 2013, 09:33
I saw it happen, non-event really. Burnt through the outer skin, one of the shitters fell out onto the runway. Had been emptied prior to take off so no shit on the runway :ok:

They must have been tankering shitter rolls though cause they were flying out like streamers. From what I understand, losing one shitter on takeoff is ok? CAAP 104.3, para 6, part 2(a), subsection 4 (losing a shitter on T/O)

2nd Feb 2013, 09:37
So what happened to the rest of the posts??:sad:

Agree Bloggs and Keg this is probably an over reaction from Ben and the incident doesn't fall into the category of 'immediately reportable matters' but more than likely is classified as a 'routine reportable matter', which only requires a report to be submitted within 72 hours which could explain the lag.:cool:

However there is no question that this incident should be reported, here's an example from the past:
Investigation: 200500382 - Tail strike, Boeing B737-838 aircraft, VH-VXH (http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2005/aair/aair200500382.aspx):

Ben's article also lets the relevant authorities know that this event didn't go unnoticed and that Joe public will be monitoring their subsequent response with interest.:E

Jack Ranga
2nd Feb 2013, 09:40
They obviously don't want eyewitness reports :cool: friggin' cover-up if you ask me.

Old Fella
2nd Feb 2013, 09:41
Does not the B767-300 have a hydraulic ram which extends with gear extension and which acts as a tail scrape protection/notification device? If it has and the crew were given an advisory regarding having had a tail scrape surely their actions were correct. Just what would the ATSB investigate? I would think that Qantas Training and Operations Departments investigating and taking remedial action would suffice.

Capn Bloggs
2nd Feb 2013, 11:44
They obviously don't want eyewitness reports :cool: friggin' cover-up if you ask me.
Only from credible witnesses, Jack. ;)

I liked streamer cutting...

Jack Ranga
2nd Feb 2013, 11:48
What are ya sayin' Bloggs? I can sign stat decs you know :ugh:

2nd Feb 2013, 20:02
From memory the B767 has a crushable little sacrificial skid plate on its bum and provided it isnt completely flattened everything is OK, but I might well be wrong.

Capt Fathom
2nd Feb 2013, 20:17

Did you read post #10 ?? :ugh:

2nd Feb 2013, 20:30
Jack - to paraphrase Oscar Wilde Ė To lose one shitter may be regarded as misfortunate; to lose both looks like carelessness. :D

Sunny - A crushable skid plate on it's bum is a standard fitting for all who dabble in the official version of matters aeronautical, personal modifications must be approved. :D

2nd Feb 2013, 21:04

Did you read post #10 ?? :ugh:

I did and it wasn't quite correct. There are no warnings on the flight deck for tail strikes on QF aircraft. The only warning is for tail skid position not agreeing with the position of the landing gear lever. A 36 second time delay in the logic allows for retraction/extension time. Unless the tail strike lasted 36 seconds (or the tail skid was ripped from the airplane), there would be no cockpit indications. :}

2nd Feb 2013, 22:37
A Few bits and pieces correct here and there;

Does not the B767-300 have a hydraulic ram which extends with gear extension and which acts as a tail scrape protection/notification device?

Yup it does, but as NSEU mentions not so much of a notification device unless u manage to bend it, break it or collapse it.

From memory the B767 has a crushable little sacrificial skid plate on its bum .

Yup it has this too - but this is on the end of the tail skid. (I am not sure if that's what u meant or actually a skid plate along its rear end) I am not sure what is made of but it is a white block on the end of the skid. It's in the Red area of the QF logo/paint scheme, so the red paint comes off and it should show through with white scrape marks.

... compared to say the 738 it has a crushable cartridge in its skid and a little green symbol showing status of it.


I never knew about the 36s delay for the disagree to occur.

Old Fella
3rd Feb 2013, 01:39
Thanks to NSEU and blueloo for clarifying the B767-300 system. Never having worked for Ansett and never having operated in a company with B767's in their fleet I am not up with the aircraft. Occasionally we can all learn from posts on this forum.

River Aqvile
3rd Feb 2013, 10:53
I observed the tailstrike incident and at the time I though the skid may have missed contact by millimetres as there was not sparks, smoke, dust etc coming off the skid.
It appeared to be just a slight over-rotation - as the takeoff appeared normal until the aircraft commence the initial lift-off after the standard rotation and rise of the front wheels.
However the aircraft did not lift-off the runway as per normal a second or so later, hence the pitch increased until just as the tailskid appeared to possibly just touch the runway the aircraft lifted off.
The thought crossed my mind as to whether the weights and measurements were correctly added to the FMS or if someone did not correctly list all the cargo...
Either way it was a very minor tailstrike and SOP's would have no doubt dictated the aircraft return for a safety check.

Jack Ranga
4th Feb 2013, 06:53
Kharon, did Oscar really say that??

River, did you see the shitter fall out?

4th Feb 2013, 07:02
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

Oscar Wilde (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/o/oscar_wilde.html)
Yes mate - I paraphrased it - but I was seriously cracking up at the time. Top post - Tailwinds.http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/thumbs.gif

Jack Ranga
4th Feb 2013, 07:33
Sweet, I thought it was Mark Twain :cool:

4th Feb 2013, 07:59
I don't respond well to 'Sweetie" or Shirley OK. This is a very PC age, as you know, there are rules and everything now. Cheers Jack - Mark Twain had his moments too. :D

4th Feb 2013, 08:09
The tail clearance on rotation when everything is going well is only a couple of feet. If the rotation is a bit quick, or a bit too soon, it messes up the design geometry and erodes the tail clearance pretty quickly.

I have a vague recollection that you get a short stick-shaker in the B763 if the tail touches as well as a message.

Boeing has quite a good tail-strike prevention video for the B757. As an aside, there is also a good video for continuing the takeoff with a flight-deck window coming open during takeoff. I still have them on my PC.

Jack Ranga
4th Feb 2013, 08:15
Sweet :E :E

4th Feb 2013, 09:08
FlareArmed, i'm curious as to what the message says:
"Tailstrike - return to airport, report to CP..."

4th Feb 2013, 09:34
The tail clearance on rotation when everything is going well is only a couple of feet. If the rotation is a bit quick, or a bit too soon, it messes up the design geometry and erodes the tail clearance pretty quickly.

Correct. "Textbook" rotation gives 60cm tail clearance for all engine case. 30cm clearance for engine-out case.

Reducing the ATM derate by 3 degrees makes a RR rotation feel a lot more like a GE. So I'm told.