A tail strike occurred on Thursday when an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900 took off from Boston Logan International Airport's runway 22R. (BOS). Before returning to the airport, the plane took off safely and flew for approximately 30 minutes.
Alaska Airlines used a Boeing 737-900 with the registration N238AK to fly AS-840 between Boston and Seattle in the United States yesterday.
According to FlightRadar24.com, the flight departed Boston Logan International at 14:59 UTC on Thursday. A tail strike occurred as the plane sped down runway 22R and began to spin. A tail strike occurs when the plane's tail collides with the runway surface.
Despite this, the plane was able to take off and reach a height of 10,000 feet. The crew then flew for 30 minutes around Boston, Salem, and Newburyport before returning to the airport. Flight AS-840 touched down safely on runway 22L.
Following a tail strike, it is standard safety protocol to return to the airport. Despite this, the situation went smoothly; Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737-900 was examined and cleared for departure a few hours later.
On the same Boeing 737-900, flight AS-840 took off at 18:18 UTC and arrived in Seattle at 00:22 UTC.
Alaska Airlines has utilised N238AK on five more flights after that incident. According to FlightRadar24.com, the online flight monitoring site, the plane flew the routes Seattle-Houston (AS262), Houston-Seattle (AS2633), Seattle-San José del Cabo (AS144), San José del Cabo-Seattle (AS144), and Seattle-Charleston (AS787).