iAero B738 enroute on May 19th 2020, dropped parts of vertical tail

Last Update: October 5, 2021 / 14:01:20 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 19, 2020

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WQ-3518

Aircraft Registration
N820TJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

An iAero Boeing 737-800, registration N820TJ performing flight WQ-3518 from Victorville,CA to San Diego,CA (USA) with 88 passengers and 7 crew, departed Victorville's runway 17 and completed the seemingly uneventful flight with a safe landing on San Diego's runway 27 about 41 minutes after departure. Following landing it was discovered parts had come off the vertical tail's leading edge as well as left side in flight.

The aircraft is still on the ground in San Diego about 45 hours after landing.

On May 23rd 2020 the NTSB announced the occurrence occurred at Victorville and was rated an accident and is being investigated by the NTSB stating: "NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report."

In Oct 2021 the NTSB stated in their preliminary report:

On May 19, 2020, Swift Air flight 3518, a Boeing B737-800, N820TJ, was climbing through about 8,000 feet when the flight crew heard a loud bang but the systems and engine indications remained normal. The flight crew elected to continue to San Diego International Airport (SAN), San Diego, California. Post-flight examination of the airplane found that the vertical stabilizer dorsal fin and several other panels were missing. The left horizontal stabilizer was substantially damaged from impact with the missing components. The flight was operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 scheduled passenger flight from Victorville Airport (VCV), Victorville, California, to SAN.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 19, 2020

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WQ-3518

Aircraft Registration
N820TJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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