Everyday tale of life in flight-test. I wonder who was first to notice?
Regis#: UNK Make/Model: B-78 Description: B 787 DREAMLINER
Date: 05/07/2010 Time: 2245
Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N
City: SEATTLE State: WA Country: US
AIRCRAFT LOST TAIL SENSOR CONE UPON LANDING, BOEING FIELD, SEATTLE, WA
INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0
# Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
Activity: Other Phase: Landing Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: SEATTLE, WA (NM01) Entry date: 05/10/2010
And here´s a trailing cone that hasn´t fallen off. The idea of this work
was to work out what length of line would be stable. The pressure sensor
is the rigid bar highlighted towards the end of the movie - the cone
is just to keep the whole thing stable.
And finally, since the whole fascinating question of trailing cones has
probably never been so thoroughly explored on a blog before, here´s a picture
by Matt Cawby of Seattle of a 787 trailing cone before flight.