| Tailstrike is an unappreciated risk on some aircraft types
posted 27 March 2017 in Category:Accidents and Incidents
On 5 March 2013, the aft-stationed cabin crew of an aircraft on a scheduled international passenger flight from Chicago O'Hare to Munich advised the flight crew that they had heard "an unusual noise" during take-off. Noting that nothing unusual had been heard in the flight deck and that there were no indications of any abnormal system status, the Captain decided that the flight should be completed as planned. The flight proceeded uneventfully but on arrival in Munich, it became clear that the aircraft had sustained "substantial damage" due to a tail strike on take-off and was unfit for flight.