Argentinas B738 at Buenos Aires on Dec 22nd 2017, object hitting tail sparks hijack fears

Last Update: December 22, 2017 / 23:51:28 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 22, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AR-1368

Aircraft Registration
LV-FRQ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

An Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-800, registration LV-FRQ performing flight AR-1368 from Buenos Aires Aeroparque,BA (Argentina) to Santa Cruz (Bolivia), departed Aeroparque's runway 13 and was climbing out of Buenos Aires when the crew stopped the climb at FL200 reporting a "tail blow", an object had hit the tail of the aircraft. ATC understood hijack as reason and triggered according alerts with authorities. The aircraft returned to Buenos Aires but diverted to Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport. The aircraft burned off fuel at 5000 feet and landed safely on Ezeiza's runway 11 about 90 minutes after departure. The misunderstanding between crew and ATC was cleared up.

The airline reported an object hit the tail of the aircraft, an inspection found no significant damage to the aircraft. The confusion between ATC and crew arose because of use acronyms. The aircraft is estimated to depart again later the day.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 22, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AR-1368

Aircraft Registration
LV-FRQ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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