Cargojet B763 at Tokyo on Aug 29th 2021, tail strike on departure

Last Update: September 7, 2021 / 18:59:46 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 29, 2021

Classification
Incident

Aircraft Registration
C-GUAJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

Airport ICAO Code
RJAA

A Cargojet Airways Boeing 767-300 freighter, registration C-GUAJ performing freight flight W8-1328 from Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Vancouver,BC (Canada) with 2 crew, was departing Narita's runway 16R at 11:32L (02:32Z) when during rotation for takeoff the tail of the aircraft contacted the runway surface emitting a puff of smoke. The aircraft climbed out and continued to Vancouver, where the aircraft landed about 8:15 hours later.

Japan's Ministry of Transport reported the ATC controller noticed the tail strike, a runway inspection revealed contact marks of about 31 meters length, width about 15cm and depth of 1-2cm, one of the runway center line lights was also damaged. The crew, assuming nothing was wrong, continued to destination. The runway was closed for about 90 minutes to replace the light and return the runway to a safe condition. A detailed investigation into the occurrence was opened.

The aircraft remained on the ground in Vancouver for about 2.5 hours, then continued for the next sector of W8-1328 to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA).

On Sep 7th 2021 the Canadian TSB reported:

After take off, the EICAS (Engine-indicating and crew-alerting system) message "R TAIL HYD VAL" in amber appeared. RJAA Tower reported smoke from the tail section on rotation before switching the flight crew to departure frequency. After flaps retraction flight crew requested to level off at 10000 feet (cleared altitude was 23000 feet), then reached QRH which reads "R TAIL FLT CONTROL SHUTOFF SWITCH MUST BE ON FOR FLIGHT". Flight Control Shutoff Valves on P61 panel indicated R TAIL SHUTOFF VALVE "ON" in white as well as "OFF" in amber. The switch is guarded and says "GND USE ONLY". Flight crew then contacted Maintenance control via Sat phone. Maintenance suggestion was to do nothing with the shutoff valve. Other systems which could have been affected if the tail strike has occurred, such as hydraulics and cabin pressure looked normal. Flight crew also concluded, after discussion with maintenance, that the lack of the ''TAIL STRIKE EICAS'' message made the flight safe to destination . Before landing in YVR and after extending the gears, EICAS message "TAILSKID" in amber appeared. QRH actions were performed and uneventful landing was completed. Post-flight inspection by the Maintenance crew revealed the orange paint on the tail skid was partially removed but the indication on the strut showed no sign of compression. Aircraft was returned to service with tail skid repair deferred on MEL (Minimum equipment list).



Metars:
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RJAA 290400Z 07011KT 9999 FEW035 BKN070 30/22 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 290330Z 06011KT 9999 FEW030 SCT070 BKN/// 31/23 Q1012 BECMG 08010KT=
RJAA 290300Z 09012KT 9999 FEW030 SCT060 BKN/// 30/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 290230Z 07011KT 030V110 9999 FEW025 SCT030 BKN/// 30/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 290200Z 08012KT 9999 FEW030 SCT040 BKN/// 31/24 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 290130Z 07012KT 9999 FEW025 SCT030 BKN/// 30/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 290100Z 06013KT 9999 FEW030 30/23 Q1012 BECMG 08012KT=
RJAA 290030Z 08013KT 9999 FEW025 30/22 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 290000Z 07013KT 030V100 9999 FEW020 SCT030 30/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 282330Z 07013KT 030V120 9999 FEW015 SCT030 BKN070 29/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
RJAA 282300Z 06011KT 020V090 9999 FEW006 SCT030 BKN070 29/24 Q1012 BECMG TL0000 08012KT=
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
C-GUAJ
Country of Registration
Canada
Date of Registration
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TCDS Ident. No.
Manufacturer
Boeing
Aircraft Model / Type
767-35E
ICAO Aircraft Type
B763
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine Type
Main Owner
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Aircraft registration data reproduced and distributed with the permission of the Government of Canada.

Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 29, 2021

Classification
Incident

Aircraft Registration
C-GUAJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

Airport ICAO Code
RJAA

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