There are reports online, including one from The Aviation Herald, that a Northwest A320 was so damaged by a hard landing in Denver on Monday that it will probably be written off.
The jet, completing a flight from Minneapolis, hit the runway hard with a tailstrike — the back of the jet struck the pavement.
Tailstrikes usually don’t cause such grievous damage. Here’s a photo showing sparks from an MD-80 dragging its tail on takeoff last month from Gdansk, Poland. The aircraft was barely scratched.
The Denver incident was more severe, apparently. The aircraft is 19 years old, and that’s certainly a factor in deciding whether to repair it.
The jet was flying a Northwest route but there are also several reports online that it had recently been repainted in Delta livery. D’oh.