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09-04-2009 01:54 PM  8 years agoPost 1
hootowl

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Hard to believe this aircraft was about to become airborne.

The crew were not sure what was happening but they heard a noise so the captain stopped taxiing and the captain asked the co-pilot to jump out and take a look. The co-pilot, in a state of disbelief, reported back “the tailboom has fallen off”! One of those ‘once in a lifetime’ statements!

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09-04-2009 02:24 PM  8 years agoPost 2
hootowl

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Somma Lombardo, Italy
August 26th, 2009

AgustaWestland Statement

To: All Customers and Operators of AW139 Helicopter Model

All AgustaWestland Authorized Service Centres for the AW139
Helicopter Model

Subject: AW139 Tailboom Damage Occurrence

Dear Customer,

The purpose of this Letter is to inform You that on August 25th, 2009 an AW139 aircraft had an occurrence resulting in major damage to the aircraft tail boom while ground taxiing. There were no injuries to the crew or passengers. AgustaWestland has immediately dispatched a technical team to inspect the aircraft and assist the event investigation. No similar occurrence has taken place with any other AW139.
AgustaWestland has been notified by the Customer that the rest of its fleet is continuingoperations. AgustaWestland wish to remind You the importance of strictly applying the inspection procedures for the tail boom area prescribed in the applicable AW139 Maintenance publication. AgustaWestland will keep all AW139 Customers and operators informed of any follow‐on information that may emerge.

Sincerely Yours,

Marco Sala
AgustaWestland
Vice President
Customer Support & Services ‐ Italy

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09-04-2009 02:36 PM  8 years agoPost 3
GREYEAGLE

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Did the safety retaining

string let go ??

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09-04-2009 02:37 PM  8 years agoPost 4
VooDooX

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wow wonder how that happened high frequency vibes from the tail maybe?

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09-04-2009 02:44 PM  8 years agoPost 5
ShuRugal

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well, looks like the tail boom came off in direction of rotation, one of the tail blades looks badly smashed, and the one sticking verticle in second picture has a scar across it near the tip.... rotors intersected?

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09-04-2009 03:03 PM  8 years agoPost 6
VooDooX

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i bet the tail rotor damage happened when it hit the ground not the heli tho

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09-04-2009 04:06 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Taipan

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Maybe it slung a tail blade?

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09-04-2009 04:36 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Jonty

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Given it was taxiing, if the nose wheel locked in a straight line would too much rudder do it or would the nose wheel slide sideways?

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09-04-2009 05:02 PM  8 years agoPost 9
hootowl

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Based on reports, the boom failed structurally most likely based on a previous boom strike incident. Not because of something the pilot did during this taxiing.

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09-04-2009 05:21 PM  8 years agoPost 10
jschenck

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"heard a noise" wow! good thing no shrapnel came through the cabin.

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09-04-2009 06:07 PM  8 years agoPost 11
eric_b

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woof 'n poof strikes again

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09-06-2009 06:24 PM  8 years agoPost 12
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woof 'n poof strikes again
Beautifully scale-looking 5 blade head on that Raptor model

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