Certainly makes it easier to work on the APU now.

Dan always looking for a bright side...


On Jul 14, 2014, at 6:47 PM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com> 
wrote:

> See the photo at the end.  
> 
> Narrative:
> 
> An Aeromexico Boeing 767-200, registration XA-TOJ performing flight AM-2
> from Madrid,SP (Spain) to Mexico City (Mexico), was rotating for takeoff
> from Madrid's runway 36L when the tail of the aircraft contacted the runway
> surface leaving debris behind. The crew continued the takeoff and climb,
> levelled off and descended only after the oxygen masks were released, then
> entered a hold to burn off fuel and returned to Madrid for a safe landing
> about 90 minutes after departure. Two cabin crew received injuries, the
> aircraft sustained substantial damage.
> 
> An Air Europa Airbus A330 departing after the Aeromexico received nose gear
> tyre damage while departing over the debris left by the Boeing and needed to
> return, too, see Incident: Air Europa A332 at Madrid on Apr 16th 2013,
> damaged nose gear tyres on takeoff.
> 
> Air Traffic Control reported the aircraft climbed out without any comment,
> later into the departure climb the crew indicated they had cabin pressure
> problems and needed to return to Madrid. There was no mention of the
> possibility of a tail strike and no mention of injuries on board. The tower
> controller had not been able to see the tail contact the runway surface
> about 4km from his position, between the Aeromexico and Air Europa there
> were a few other departures without any problems.
> 
> On May 3rd 2013 Spain's CIAIAC reported the three flight attendants seated
> in the rear galley heard strange noises during takeoff. When they proceeded
> to inform the flight deck about the noises the flight crew already prepared
> to return to Madrid due to the cabin pressure problems at 14,000 feet. Then
> the passenger oxygen masks were released. The crew informed ATC about cabin
> pressure problems 22 minutes after departure. Two of the three cabin crew in
> the aft galley complained about neck pain. The aircraft received substantial
> damage to the lower fuselage including the near complete loss of both APU
> compartment doors. The Air Europa A332 departed 29 minutes after departure
> of XA-TOJ as 7th aircraft following XA-TOJ. The runway inspection following
> that departure recovered two metallic pieces of debris from the runway.
> 
> The visual:  http://pt709.synology.me/ouch.png
> 
> 
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