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How a tailstrike happens on landing

A tailstrike is when the tail of an airplane hits the runway. This can happen during takeoff or landing. During takeoff, a tailstrike can happen if the pilot raises the nose too early and the plane cannot take off in time. During a landing, a tailstrike can happen if the pilot raises the nose too high during landing.

Tailstrikes usually do not have serious effects, such as killing people. However, this means that the airline has to spend money to repair the plane before it can fly again. If the plane is not repaired correctly, it may cause metal fatigue and in the end, the plane can crash.

Examples of tailstrikes[change | change source]

Crashes caused by incorrect repairs after a tailstrike[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. [1]Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine ASN Aircraft Accident Boeing 747-209B B-18255 Penghu Islands, Taiwan [Taiwan Strait]" Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved March 26, 2014
  2. "ASN Aircraft Accident Boeing 747SR-46 JA8119 Osaka-Itami Airport (ITM) Archived 2013-11-12 at the Wayback Machine" Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved April 1, 2014.