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Can the tail fall off the aircraft?

CupCrusher40
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On a few aircraft there is cheat line by tail front. I think it is just paint fade showing bolts is it this?

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Re: Can the tail fall off the aircraft?

dfwskier
Top Contributor
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No it can't. 

 

Over tens of  millions of flights over the last 60 years (the jet age), I am only aware of one instance when that happened. The vertical stabilizer ripped off an  American A300 jet in NYC. The plane crashed. The NTSB ruled that the pilot performed rudder control operations beyond that which was allowed for the plane.

Re: Can the tail fall off the aircraft?

CupCrusher40
Active Member

That was caused by the rudder. This is the tail section. Are the bolts pushing forward or is it paint fade?

Re: Can the tail fall off the aircraft?

dfwskier
Top Contributor

The rudder is part of the  vertical stabilizer -- ie tail.

 

It was more than just the rudder that fell off the AA A300.