Monday, November 16, 2020

Boeing 767-300: Accident occurred November 14, 2020 at Memphis International Airport (KMEM), Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aircraft landed and reported a bird strike and damaged a flap fairing.

Date: 14-NOV-20
Time: 06:10:00Z
Regis#: FDX1247
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 767
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: FEDERAL EXPRESS


  1. Someone help me understand this.

    Here we have a 767 that lands and reports a bird strike and that it put a dent in the flap fairing ... and that's an ACCIDENT. Other times we'll have a GA airplane, literally, land in a tree (or something similarly severe) and that's an INCIDENT.

    How does it work?

    1. Good question. Here's the FAA national policy:
      Aircraft Accident and Incident Notification, Investigation, and Reporting
      Hope this helps!

    2. Great information. Thank you.

  2. The Cliff Notes version: if the flap still worked and the impact damage didn't affect the flight control characteristics of the aircraft, it's an incident. That's what happened here. Now if they had a flap discontinuity problem and say the left side inboard flap couldn't engage past 35 degrees from damage and they had to land with flaps 35 instead of 50 for both wings to be equal, then that would be categorized as an accident.


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