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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Airbus Updates No.134

Incident: Iberia A321 near Dakar on Mar 19th 2011, technical trouble

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 22nd 2011 20:22Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 22nd 2011 20:22Z
An Iberia Airbus A321-200, registration EC-JLI performing flight IB-3723 from Dakar (Senegal) to Madrid,SP (Spain) with 182 passengers and 7 crew, was enroute about 150nm north of Dakar already above Mauritania when the crew decided to return to Dakar due to some technical problem on board. The airplane landed safely.

The airplane was able to depart the following day and reached Madrid as flight IB-3725 with a delay of 27 hours.

Incident: Qantas A332 enroute on Mar 23rd 2011, fire in cockpit
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Mar 23rd 2011 09:44Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 23rd 2011 09:44Z
A Qantas Airbus A330-200, registration VH-EBL performing flight QF-20 from Manila (Philippines) to Sydney,NS (Australia) with 147 passengers and 11 crew, was enroute about 4 hours into the flight when the flight crew noticed flames and smoke from the left hand windshield heating. The flight crew used the fire extinguishers to put the fire out. The airplane subsequently diverted to Cairns,QL (Australia) for a safe landing on runway 15 about 6 hours after departure from Manila.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers cleared customs in Cairns and were rebooked onto domestic flights.

Qantas confirmed a windscreen electrical fault occurred causing smoke and small flames (1-2cm/less than one inch) near the left windshield. The flames were extinguished by the crew. There was no need for emergency services after landing.

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