A320 lands safely in Syria after tail gets choppered
Photo of damage to an A320 which lost most of its tail in a helicopter collision over Damascus but was able to land has astonished air safety experts
In what pilots and engineers have called a supposedly unsurvivable collision, a Syrian Arab A320 has remained sufficiently controllable to fly back to Damascus airport without injuries to its crew and passengers after losing much of its vertical stabiliser when it met a military helicopter at 12,000 feet.
This photo (top of page) appears with a posting about the collision a week ago, which appeared overnight on the exceptionally well connected Aviation Herald site.
There are many unanswered questions about the collision, and no reports in accessible media as yet, as to what the crew of the Airbus knew about the proximity of the helicopter before impact, or the control issues they obviously successfully dealt with after losing such a critical part of the airliner’s control surfaces.