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Friday, 18 March 2011

Airbus Updates No.129

Incident: Lufthansa A346 at Munich on Mar 15th 2011, unsafe gear

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Mar 16th 2011 15:44Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 16th 2011 15:44Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHA performing flight LH-453 from Los Angeles,CA (USA) to Munich (Germany), aborted the approach to Munich's runway 08L due to an unsafe indication for the nose gear. The airplane climbed back to 7000 feet and entered a holding for about 25 minutes before the aircraft landed safely on Munich's runway 08L about 33 minutes after aborting the first approach.

Incident: Saudia A320 at Dammam on Mar 12th 2011, rejected takeoff

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Mar 17th 2011 10:40Z, last updated Thursday, Mar 17th 2011 10:43Z
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A320-200, flight SV-1145 from Dammam to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), rejected takeoff from Dammam's runway 34R at high speed after thick black smoke appeared in the cabin causing commotion amongst the passengers. The airplane stopped safely. There are no reports about the aircraft being evacuated, a passenger video instead reveals the captain trying to calm the passengers via an announcement and the absence of the evacuation signal.

Passenger Nofah intended to film the cloud formation during takeoff (see the video below) and published his resulting video 3 days later. Another passenger, who published his video on the day of the occurrence, claims he was forced to remove his video. Other passengers reported thick black smoke appeared in the cabin, however did not mention how they got off the aircraft.

A replacement aircraft reached Riyadh.

Passenger video (Video: Nofah):

Incident: Air Canada A319 over Atlantic on Mar 13th 2011, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Mar 17th 2011 20:54Z, last updated Thursday, Mar 17th 2011 20:54Z
An Air Canada Airbus A319-100, registration C-FYKC performing flight AC-974 from Montreal,QC (Canada) to Bridgetown (Barbados) with 107 people on board, was enroute at FL370 overhead the Atlantic Ocean about 150nm northwest of Bermuda (Bermuda) when the captain's windshield cracked. The crew actioned the according checklists, descended the aircraft to FL230 and decided to divert to Bermuda for a safe landing.

A replacement Boeing 767-300 registration C-FMWV was dispatched to Bermuda as flight AC-7050 and reached Bridgetown as flight AC-2074 with a delay of 11 hours, then performed the scheduled and cancelled return flight AC-975 (Mar 13th) to Montreal as flight AC-2175 departing Mar 14th.

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