Corendon B738 at Billund and Warsaw on Mar 5th 2016, tail strike on departure

Last Update: April 14, 2016 / 18:26:57 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 5, 2016

Classification
Incident

Destination
Antalya, Turkey

Aircraft Registration
TC-TJP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Corendon Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration TC-TJP performing charter flight XC-650 from Billund (Denmark) to Antalya (Turkey), was rotating for takeoff from Billund's runway 09 when passengers in the aft cabin heard a loud thud sound. The aircraft continued the climb and levelled off at cruise FL350 and was enroute about 150nm south of Warsaw (Poland) when the flight crew decided to divert to Warsaw for safety reasons. The aircraft entered a hold to burn off fuel and landed safely on Warsaw's runway 11 about one hour after leaving FL350.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration TC-TJJ was dispatched to Warsaw and resumed the flight about 6.5 hours after landing.

The occurrence aircraft resumed service on Mar 17th, 12 days after the occurrence.

On Apr 14th 2016 Denmark's HCL released a preliminary statement reporting hat the aircraft suffered a tail strike upon takeoff from Billund, which presumably went unnoticed by the flight crew. The aircraft later diverted to Warsaw where a maintenance organisation found damage consistent with a tail strike. The occurrence happened in night conditions and in instrument meteorologic conditions. The occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated by Turkey's AIB.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 5, 2016

Classification
Incident

Destination
Antalya, Turkey

Aircraft Registration
TC-TJP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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