Comair B738 at Johannesburg on Apr 19th 2022, possible tail scrape on departure

Last Update: April 19, 2022 / 18:37:21 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 19, 2022

Classification
Incident

Airline
Comair

Flight number
MN-399

Aircraft Registration
ZS-ZWY

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

Airport ICAO Code
FAOR

A Comair Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-ZWY performing flight MN-399/BA-6399 from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Mauritius (Mauritius) with 152 passengers and 6 crew, departed Johannesburg's runway 21R and was climbing out when the crew requested to level off at FL110 due to some technical problem. The crew subsequently requested to enter a hold to burn off fuel to reduce the mass to the maximum landing mass, they requested FL100 due to being unpressurized. The aircraft descended to FL100, later FL090 and entered holds. The aircraft returned to Johannesburg for a safe landing on runway 21L about 85 minutes after departure.

Passengers reported the crew indicated the aircraft tail might have contacted the runway surface on departure.

The aircraft remained on the ground in Johannesburg for about 2.5 hours, then departed again for the flight as MN-399A.

Metars:
FAOR 191100Z 10015KT CAVOK 17/03 Q1027 NOSIG=
FAOR 191030Z 11017KT CAVOK 17/03 Q1028 NOSIG=
FAOR 191000Z 11018KT CAVOK 17/01 Q1028 NOSIG=
FAOR 190930Z 10016KT CAVOK 17/02 Q1028 NOSIG=
COR FAOR 190900Z 11015KT 070V140 CAVOK 16/03 Q1029 NOSIG=
FAOR 190830Z 11014KT CAVOK 15/06 Q1029 NOSIG=
FAOR 190800Z 11013KT CAVOK 14/06 Q1029 NOSIG=
FAOR 190730Z 12012KT CAVOK 13/07 Q1029 NOSIG=
FAOR 190700Z 11015KT 9999 SCT015 12/07 Q1029 NOSIG=
FAOR 190630Z 12013KT 9999 BKN015 12/09 Q1028 NOSIG=
FAOR 190600Z 12013KT 9999 BKN015 11/08 Q1028 NOSIG=
FAOR 190530Z 13013KT 7000 OVC012 11/08 Q1028 NOSIG=
FAOR 190500Z 12010KT 7000 BKN010 OVC015 10/09 Q1027 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 19, 2022

Classification
Incident

Airline
Comair

Flight number
MN-399

Aircraft Registration
ZS-ZWY

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

Airport ICAO Code
FAOR

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