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Tailstrike

Here’s the text to the listening from yesterday.

If you’re reading this on 1st January, a happy New Year to you!

An MD-11 freighter was flying from Quito (Ecuador) to Caracas (Brazil). Everything was normal until the crew were performing the landing on runway 10 at about 10pm local time. During the landing the tail made contact with the runway surface. The aircraft performed a missed approach and lined up again to land. The second time there were no mistakes and the aircraft taxied to the apron after landing.

The plane suffered minor damage to the tail section and was under maintenance for 12 days before it could fly again.