Westjet B738 at Calgary on Jun 25th 2024, tail scrape on departure

Last Update: July 5, 2024 / 19:41:20 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 25, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
WS-1572

Aircraft Registration
C-FZRM

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-FZRM performing flight WS-1572 from Calgary,AB (Canada) to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) with 179 people on board, departed Calgary's runway 35R when upon rotation the tail of the aircraft contacted the runway surface. The crew continued departure and climbed the aircraft to FL350. In cruise the crew consulted with company maintenance, it was decided to return to Calgary, where the aircraft landed safely on runway 35R about one hour after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration C-GWRG reached Houston with a delay of about 5:40 hours.

The Canadian TSB reported: "During aircraft rotation on takeoff from CYYC, the tail of the aircraft made contact with the runway surface. When the aircraft was established in cruise at FL350, the flight crew consulted with company maintenance and the decision was made to return to CYYC. The flight crew ran the checklist for a tail strike and depressurized the cabin, declared a PAN PAN with air traffic services and requested aircraft rescue and firefighting for the landing. The aircraft completed an uneventful approach and overweight landing. Company maintenance conducted a tail strike inspection and overweight landing inspection with no issues found."

The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 68 hours after landing back.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
C-FZRM
Country of Registration
Canada
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
Boeing
Aircraft Model / Type
737-800
ICAO Aircraft Type
B738
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine Type
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 25, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
WS-1572

Aircraft Registration
C-FZRM

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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