American Airlines flight 3729 from Charleston to Dallas – Fort Worth, an Embraer E-17t operated by wholly-owned regional carrier Envoy Air, diverted to Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday evening after reportedly losing “all or part” of a winglet in turbulence.
I was on the flight! Surprisingly smooth flight and landing after the fact. pic.twitter.com/6I01TDTifz
— Brandon Owen (@Brandon0wen) May 4, 2022
The occurrence aircraft, registration N233NN, landed smoothly and was met by emergency vehicles. Other reports confirm that passengers reportedly remained calm throughout the diversion and landing.
A ‘PIREP’ is a pilot report of the flight or ground conditions that their aircraft experiences. Here we see an urgent one at 36,000 feet “lost part of wing.”
Even if you can’t read the entire thing read the RM (remarks). This is a pirep. UUA are urgent pirep but this is one that would jump out to me. pic.twitter.com/mpbJRSy8LS
— V1_CUT🇺🇦 (@V1_CUT) May 4, 2022
Planes can fly without winglets. Those are the vertical pieces at the end of a wing that reduce drag in order to save fuel. While outside my area, there’s this take. It seems to me to underplay the risks that some other damage might have occurred as the winglet came off.
Winglets can be removed on the EJets. There is a CDL for it. Just take a performance hit. But that is one of the EWT 175s with the position lights in the winglet so it can’t fly after civil twilight with that missing
— AZTacoCat (@AZTacoCat1) May 4, 2022
Though this aircraft turned out not to be in any actual danger, that wasn’t certain when the incident first occurred. There’s also no reports that I’ve seen yet on where the winglet landed. Hopefully someone just has a souvenir.