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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Airbus Updates No.119

Incident: Singapore A388 near Singapore on Jan 31st 2011, burned wires in forward cargo hold

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Feb 2nd 2011 08:05Z, last updated Friday, Mar 11th 2011 12:30Z
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9V-SKD performing flight SQ-861 from Hong Kong (China) to Singapore (Singapore), was on the descent towards Singapore when smell of smoke was observed in a lavatory. Cabin crew discharged a halon fire extinguisher while the flight crew continued for a safe landing in Singapore.

Singapore Airlines reported that ground crews later found evidence of burned electrical wiring in the forward cargo hold. The airline and Airbus are investigating.

On Feb 3rd Singapore Airlines reported that all their 11 Airbus A380-800s were examined with no further findings of burned wiring. The burn marks were found in the forward cargo hold underneath the lavatory, however there was no fire.

The German BFU reported on Mar 11th that the smoke developed due to a short circuit in the wires from a generator.

Accident: Germanwings A319 near Cologne on Jan 21st 2011, burning smell on board
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Mar 11th 2011 14:07Z, last updated Friday, Mar 11th 2011 14:07Z
A Germanwings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AGWL performing flight 4U-238 from Cologne to Friedrichshafen (Germany), was climbing out of Cologne when a strong smell of burning electrics was noticed on board however no smoke became visible. The crew levelled off at FL270 and decided to return to Cologne for a safe landing about 35 minutes after departure.

Germany's Bureau for Aviation Accident Investigation (BFU) reported, that the smell led to dizziness, tickles on both hands and feet, racing hearts and nausea. The flight crew donned their oxygen masks and returned to Cologne. Two flight attendants complained about nausea and headaches. A medical check after landing did not reveal any results.

A replacement Airbus A319-100 registration D-AGWO reached Friedrichshafen with a delay of 4 hours.

Incident: US Airways A320 at Chicago on Mar 10th 2011, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Mar 11th 2011 16:36Z, last updated Friday, Mar 11th 2011 16:36Z
A US Airways Airbus A320-200, registration N622AW performing flight US-88 from Chicago O'Hare,IL to Phoenix,AZ (USA), was in the initial climb out of Chicago's O'Hare Airport when the crew declared emergency reporting they had lost an engine (V2500) and requested to level off at 2500 feet and was cleared to 3300 feet. Shortly afterwards tower began to instruct aircraft on approach to runway 28 to go around advising of an emergency aircraft inbound runway 28 on the ILS but continued to clear aircraft for takeoff from runway 28. The US Airways Airbus landed safely on runway 28 about 17 minutes after takeoff.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration N624AW reached Phoenix with a delay of 3 hours.

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