“I thought we were gone”: American A321 crew left shaken after wing strike

Newly released cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcripts have revealed the shock and confusion expressed by an American Airlines Airbus A321 crew involved in a 2019 wing strike incident.

The jet, N114NN (c/n 6046), was operating flight 300 from New York/JFK to Los Angeles International on April 10, when it suffered a roll on take-off from runway 31L and hit a runway distance marker with the left wingtip.

The flight crew corrected the deviation and continued the climb before making a safe return to the airport approximately 28 minutes later. Substantial damage to the wingtip and leading edge was discovered at the gate during passenger unloading.

N114NN first flew on April 4, 2014 and was delivered to the Texas-based carrier a week later.
N114NN first flew on April 4, 2014 and was delivered to the Texas-based carrier a week later. Wikimedia Commons/Eric Salard

The CVR data, which was published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) earlier this month, reveals the surprise and confusion experienced by the pilots in response to the bank after lift-off.

First Officer (FO): “I thought we were gone.”

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