Jetblue A320 at Hayden on Jan 22nd 2022, tail strike on takeoff, B350 on short final in opposite direction

Last Update: February 24, 2022 / 17:53:43 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 22, 2022

Classification
Accident

Airline
Jetblue

Flight number
B6-1748

Aircraft Registration
N760JB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
KHDN

A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N760JB performing flight B6-1748 from Hayden,CO to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was departing Hayden's runway 10 at 11:57L (18:57Z) when the aircraft's tail contacted the runway surface. The aircraft continued a normal departure and climbed to FL310, when Denver Center forwarded a message to the crew stating they had a tail strike on the departure runway. The crew subsequently decided to divert to Denver,CO (USA) where the aircraft landed on runway 35R without further incident about 45 minutes after departure from Hayden. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage however.

The FAA reported: "AIRCRAFT INCURRED A TAIL STRIKE ON DEPARTURE, HAYDEN, CO.", stated the damage was unknown and rated the occurrence an incident, later correcting to accident.

The NTSB opened an investigation into the occurrence rating the occurrence an accident.

A reader made The Aviation Herald aware that a Beech 350 was on approach to runway 28 (in opposite direction to the departure) at the time, the Jetblue might have suffered the tail strike as result of an avoidance maneouver. Neither FAA nor NTSB mentioned the presence of another aircraft in the departure path or the possibility of a loss of separation/possible collision.

Passengers (supported by video evidence) reported the tail strike was clearly felt and heard upon rotation for takeoff, the captain announced about 20 minutes after departure (about the time they began the descent into Denver) that they were avoiding another small aircraft on approach in opposite direction, they were diverting to Denver.

According to the FAA ASDI data (radar tracking data) a Beech 350 registration N350J arriving from Fort Smith,AR (USA) was on approach to Hayden's runway 28 at the time of the accident and touched down at 11:58L (19:58Z) about 100 seconds after departure of the A320. At the time of the A320 becoming airborne the Beech 350 was 2.85nm from the runway 28 threshold descending through 7500 feet MSL (900 feet AGL). At the time the B350 touched down the A320 was climbing through 8800 feet MSL about 2.2nm past the runway 10 end (=runway 28 threshold) in a slight right hand turn about 0.4nm off the extended runway center line.

Hayden's Yampa Valley Airport features a runway 10/28 of 3048 meters/10,000 feet length at an elevation of 2010 meters/6600 feet MSL. Hayden Airport does not feature a control tower, a UNICOM frequency is published for the airport.

On Feb 24th 2022 the NTSB reported the aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 10 while still taxiing to the runway. At that point in time the crew heard another aircraft was on a 10nm final. The crew initiated their takeoff, during the takeoff run they heard the aircraft was on final approach to runway 28 opposite to their departure direction, observed the other traffic on their TCAS display and understood an evasive maneouver was needed. During the rotation for takeoff the tail contacted the runway surface, the aircraft subsequently diverted to Denver. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, the occurrence was rated an accident and is being investigated by the NTSB.

Metars:
KHDN 222156Z AUTO 18003KT 10SM CLR M06/M13 A3035 RMK AO2 SLP346 T10611133 FZRANO=
KHDN 222056Z AUTO 17003KT 10SM CLR M04/M11 A3034 RMK AO2 SLP335 60000 T10441106 56009 FZRANO=
KHDN 222014Z AUTO 21003KT 10SM FEW003 M06/M12 A3034 RMK AO2 FZRANO=
KHDN 221956Z AUTO 00000KT 9SM BKN003 M07/M13 A3035 RMK AO2 SNB45E55 SLP344 P0000 T10671128 FZRANO=
KHDN 221923Z AUTO 19003KT 10SM BKN003 M06/M14 A3035 RMK AO2 FZRANO=
KHDN 221856Z AUTO 00000KT 9SM OVC005 M04/M10 A3036 RMK AO2 SNE52 SLP339 P0000 T10441100 FZRANO=
KHDN 221826Z AUTO 22003KT 8SM -SN BKN005 M10/M13 A3037 RMK AO2 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221756Z AUTO 21005KT 8SM -SN FEW003 M11/M14 A3037 RMK AO2 SNB11 SLP364 P0000 60000 T11061144 11072 21144 51008 FZRANO=
KHDN 221735Z AUTO 19003KT 6SM -SN SCT001 M08/M12 A3037 RMK AO2 SNB11 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221717Z AUTO 00000KT 3SM -SN BR BKN001 M10/M12 A3037 RMK AO2 SNB11 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221715Z AUTO 00000KT 1 1/4SM -SN BR OVC001 M11/M12 A3037 RMK AO2 VIS 1/4V4 SNB11 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221712Z AUTO 00000KT 3/4SM -SN BR OVC001 M11/M12 A3037 RMK AO2 SNB11 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221656Z AUTO 04003KT M1/4SM FZFG OVC001 M12/M13 A3036 RMK AO2 SNE49 SLP361 P0000 T11171133 FZRANO=
KHDN 221647Z AUTO 05004KT 1/4SM -SN FZFG OVC001 M12/M14 A3037 RMK AO2 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221642Z AUTO 05005KT 3/4SM -SN BR OVC001 M11/M13 A3037 RMK AO2 VIS 1/2V4 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221640Z AUTO 05005KT 1 1/4SM -SN BR OVC001 M11/M12 A3037 RMK AO2 VIS 3/4V4 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221637Z AUTO 05006KT 3/4SM -SN BR OVC001 M10/M12 A3037 RMK AO2 P0000 FZRANO=
KHDN 221556Z AUTO 21003KT 1/4SM -SN FZFG OVC001 M12/M14 A3036 RMK AO2 SNE02B33 SLP354 P0000 T11221139 FZRANO=
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N760JB
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
AIRBUS
Aircraft Model / Type
A320-232
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
A320
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
Engine Type
Pounds of Thrust
Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 22, 2022

Classification
Accident

Airline
Jetblue

Flight number
B6-1748

Aircraft Registration
N760JB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
KHDN

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