Accident: iAero B738 enroute on May 19th 2020, dropped parts of vertical tail

An iAero Boeing 737-800, registration N820TJ performing flight WQ-3518 from Victorville,CA to San Diego,CA (USA), departed Victorville’s runway 17 and completed the seemingly uneventful flight with a safe landing on San Diego’s runway 27 about 41 minutes after departure. Following landing it was discovered parts had come off the vertical tail’s leading edge as well as left side in flight.

The aircraft is still on the ground in San Diego about 45 hours after landing.

On May 23rd 2020 the NTSB announced the occurrence occurred at Victorville and was rated an accident and is being investigated by the NTSB stating: “NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.”

N820TJ’s vertical tail seen after landing (Photo: Emmanuell Fofiu):