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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Airbus Updates No.144

Incident: Qatar A306 near Sofia on Mar 26th 2011, engine fire indication

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Mar 27th 2011 14:28Z, last updated Sunday, Mar 27th 2011 14:28Z
A Qatar Airways Airbus A300-600, registration A7-ABX performing freight flight QR-6036 from Milano Malpensa (Italy) to Doha (Qatar) with inflammable cargo, was enroute at FL310 about 65nm northwest of Sofia (Bulgaria) when the crew reported a fire indication for the right hand engine (PW4158) and decided to divert to Sofia. The airplane landed safely in Sofia about 30 minutes later.

The airport reported that emergency services had taken all necessary precautions because of the inflammable cargo. On approach no fire was observed from the engine.

Incident: Saudia A320 near Cairo on Mar 26th 2011, medical emergency
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Mar 27th 2011 17:51Z, last updated Sunday, Mar 27th 2011 17:51Z
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration HZ-ASC performing flight SV-236 (dep Mar 25th) from Geneva (Switzerland) to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), diverted to Cairo (Egypt) after a girl suffered seizures. The airplane landed safely, a doctor boarded the aircraft, diagnosed epilepsy and provided according medicaments and treatment.

The girl was able to continue the journey after the doctor was satisfied with her being stable again as result of the treatment. The airplane subsequently departed with the girl on board and reached Jeddah with a delay of 3.5 hours.
Incident: TAM A332 near San Juan on Mar 27th 2011, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Mar 28th 2011 06:49Z, last updated Monday, Mar 28th 2011 06:49Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A330-200, registration PT-MVD performing flight JJ-8083 from New York,NY (USA) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil) with 221 passengers, was enroute at FL370 about 40nm south of San Juan (Puerto Rico) when the crew needed to shut an engine (PW4168) down. The crew decided to divert to San Juan where the aircraft landed safely on runway 08 about 40 minutes later.

TAM engineers have been flown from Miami to San Juan to assess the situation.

Incident: Easyjet A319 at Funchal on Mar 27th 2011, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Mar 28th 2011 13:51Z, last updated Monday, Mar 28th 2011 13:51Z
An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZDK performing flight U2-7961 from Lisbon to Funchal (Portugal), completed a seemingly uneventful flight.

In a post flight inspection it was discovered however, that a large bird had been ingested by one of the engines (CFM56) during the approach to Funchal causing damage to the engine. The airplane could not be released to perform the flight U2-7962 back to Lisbon.

A replacement Airbus A319-100 registration G-EZFO reached Lisbon with a delay of 9 hours.

Video of the arrival (Video: Samuel Passos):

Incident: Vueling A320 near Naples on Mar 27th 2011, passenger oxygen masks came down
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 29th 2011 10:29Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 29th 2011 10:29Z
A Vueling Airbus A320-200, registration EC-JFH performing flight VY-6502 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Naples (Italy), had already left cruise level 340 and was on approach to Naples, when the passenger oxygen masks were released. The aircraft continued for a safe landing Naples.

A passenger reported that about 20 minutes prior to estimated landing an automatic taped announcement about an emergency descent occured followed by the captain reporting that the release of the passenger oxygen masks had been a computer malfunction, no loss of cabin pressure had occurred.

Radar data suggest the airplane performed a normal descent from cruise level until descending through 10,000 feet MSL.

The airport reported that the crew requested priority while on approach reporting a possible problem with the pressurization.

The return flight VY-6503 was cancelled, the airplane departed Naples about 4 hours after landing and positioned back to Barcelona as flight VY-901P at cruise level 120.

The former Iberia airplane had joined Vueling's fleet only by March 26th 2011.

Incident: Lufthansa A321 at Munich on Mar 28th 2011, rejected takeoff
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 29th 2011 22:04Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 29th 2011 22:04Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200, registration D-AIDC performing flight LH-2064 from Munich to Hamburg (Germany), rejected takeoff from Munich's runway 08L at high speed. The airplane slowed safely and returned to the apron.

After checks and the replacement of two tyres the airplane was able to depart again and reached Hamburg with a delay of 160 minutes.

According to a passenger the captain explained the tower ordered them to reject takeoff after another departure on the parallel runway 08R turned left after becoming airborne instead of turning right causing a potential conflict.

Incident: Juneyao A320 near Hong Kong on Mar 28th 2011, cap excitement
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Mar 30th 2011 09:06Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 30th 2011 09:07Z
A Juneyao Airlines Airbus A320-200, flight HO-1292 from Hong Kong to Shanghai (China) with 118 passengers, was climbing out of Hong Kong when strange sounds were heard on board, the origin of the sounds could not be identified. About one hour into the flight the crew therefore decided to divert to Xiamen (China) where the airplane landed safely.

Maintenance found the cap of a bottle had been wedged in the cabin door causing the strange noises.

The passengers were taken to a hotel, a replacement aircraft continued the flight the following day.

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