Aeromexico B738 at Tijuana on Dec 12th 2018, radome damage on final approach

Last Update: May 31, 2019 / 19:44:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 12, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Aeromexico

Flight number
AM-770

Destination
Tijuana, Mexico

Aircraft Registration
XA-ADV

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800, registration XA-ADV performing flight AM-770 from Guadalajara to Tijuana (Mexico), was on final approach to Tijuana's runway 09 when the radome received damage. The crew continued for a safe landing.

The airline confirmed the incident and said they were investigating what caused the damage.

Mexican media are speculating about a drone impact having caused the damage.

On May 31st 2019 Boeing reported that a visual inspection of the radome did not show any evidence of a hard or soft body impact, no DNA material was found. Boeing concluded: "The review showed that an interface seal was installed around the entire periphery of the radome with no openings. This configuration lacked the approximately 8 inch opening in the seal along the bottom of the radome interface specified in engineering drawings and the Airplane Maintenance Manual (AMM 53-52-00) radome installation task. This opening in the seal is required to allow the radome area to drain and for equalization of pressure changes across the radome during flight. A review by our engineering team concluded that the lack of this gap likely resulted in differential pressure across the radome during descent which may have contributed to an internal collapse of the radome."
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 12, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Aeromexico

Flight number
AM-770

Destination
Tijuana, Mexico

Aircraft Registration
XA-ADV

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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