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B738 loses part of the vertical stab

Old 21st May 2020, 22:12
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B738 loses part of the vertical stab

Accident: iAero B738 enroute on May 19th 2020, dropped parts of vertical tail
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Old 21st May 2020, 22:18
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The leading edge of the H stab has hit something too.
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Old 21st May 2020, 22:22
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The leading edge of the H stab has hit something too.
Possibly the part of the vertical that came off... Hard to imagine that could be the result of a bird strike or similar.

I'm thinking someone forgot to reinstall some fasteners after maintenance.
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Old 21st May 2020, 22:37
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Interestingly, the aircraft has been active in recent days so it's not coming straight out of storage: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N820TJ/history
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Old 23rd May 2020, 20:23
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NTSB now considering it an accident at Victorville - NTSB Identification: DCA20CA107

Is there a similar AD for the NG as the 300-500?

"2009-07-11 - The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive inspections for discrepancies of the fuselage skin under the dorsal fin assembly, and repairing if necessary. This new AD requires an inspection for any chafing or crack in the fuselage skin and abrasion resistant coating at the dorsal fin landing, an inspection for damage to the dorsal fin seals, attach clip, and seal retainer, and other specified and corrective actions as necessary. The new requirements will end the need for the existing repetitive inspections. This AD results from a report of an 18-inch crack found in the fuselage skin area under the blade seals of the nose cap of the dorsal fin due to previous wear damage, and additional reports of fuselage skin wear. We are issuing this AD to prevent discrepancies of the fuselage skin, which could result in fatigue cracking due to cabin pressurization and consequent rapid in-flight decompression of the airplane fuselage"
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Old 24th May 2020, 14:23
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Originally Posted by tdracer View Post
Possibly the part of the vertical that came off... Hard to imagine that could be the result of a bird strike or similar.

I'm thinking someone forgot to reinstall some fasteners after maintenance.
I think you're probably correct !
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Old 24th May 2020, 15:17
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This shot appears to show more damage to the leading edge of the port horizontal stabiliser.

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...ce=sh%2Fx%2Fim
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Old 24th May 2020, 19:50
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Wow. Boeing....can it get any worse. The last 20 years of management should be hung from lampposts. Tragic.
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Old 24th May 2020, 20:58
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Originally Posted by mngmt mole View Post
Wow. Boeing....can it get any worse. The last 20 years of management should be hung from lampposts. Tragic.
Not sure how you can blame the Boeing management - it looks like someone forgot to put the screws back in so it wouldnt make any difference who built the aircraft. If it were an Airbus the panels would still have fallen off.
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