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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Airbus Updates No.186

Incident: United Airlines A319 at Vancouver on Apr 14th 2011, brakes issue

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Apr 16th 2011 14:20Z, last updated Saturday, Apr 16th 2011 14:20Z
A United Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N833UA performing flight UA-325 from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to Vancouver,BC (Canada), was enroute at FL380 about one hour prior to estimated landing when the crew observed a full brakes pressure indication for the right hand main gear. Upon contacting Vancouver Approach they again reported the issue telling ATC they were still working on the issue and would advise whether emergency services were needed or not. The crew lowered the gear early at 10,000 feet after which the brakes pressure indication returned to normal, the crew reported they were now planning for a normal landing. The airplane landed safely on Vancouver's runway 26L about 10 minutes after reporting brakes indications returned to normal.

A passenger reported the captain told them in an announcement about one hour prior to estimated arrival, that they had a full brakes pressure indication on the right main gear. If the indication was not false they were going to blow all right hand tyres on touch down and emergency services would help the passengers off the aircraft. The gear was lowered very early, while descending through 10,000 feet, and the crew subsequently announced that the brakes full pressure reading had been false. The landing was normal.

Incident: Air Berlin A332 near Munich on Apr 9th 2011, smell of oil on board
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 18th 2011 13:34Z, last updated Monday, Apr 18th 2011 13:39Z
An Air Berlin Airbus A330-200, registration D-ALPD performing flight AB-7363 from Mombasa (Kenya) to Munich (Germany), was enroute when the crew observed smell of oil on board. The flight was continued for a safe landing in Munich.

The crew informed maintenance and the next crew about their observation, the airplane however became airborne again within 130 minutes after touchdown.

The German BFU confirmed to have received an according report from the captain of the flight and has forwarded the case to the German Luftfahrtbundesamt (civil aviation authority). The BFU is not investigating.

Incident: Air Berlin A332 at Bangkok on Apr 11th 2011, departed with engine required to be changed
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 18th 2011 13:55Z, last updated Monday, Apr 18th 2011 16:30Z
An Air Berlin Airbus A330-200, registration D-ALPD performing flight AB-7151 from Bangkok (Thailand) to Munich (Germany) with passengers on board, had experienced issues with oil smells on board on the previous two sectors, see: Incident: Air Berlin A332 near Munich on Apr 9th 2011, smell of oil on board and Incident: Air Berlin A332 near Munich on Apr 9th 2011, strong smell of oil on board. Maintenance in Bangkok had found oil leaking through various parts of the #2 engine (PW4168) consistent with a seal having failed and had recommended to replace the engine. The airplane departed Bangkok following some repairs and completed a safe landing in Munich.

Sources tell The Aviation Herald, that engine #2 had not been replaced in Bangkok, the engine replacement took only place in Munich after arrival of flight AB-7151. The crew report of smell of oil following the flight from Mombasa was not contained in the tech log of the aircraft.

The German BFU confirmed the incident stating, that they have received a relevant report from the crew to Bangkok, they do not know however whether the smell of oil during the flight from Mombasa was noted in the relevant aircraft logs. Investigators just shake their heads in disbelief over the event, but due to legal requirements are not going to investigate the incident. The case has been forwarded to the German Luftfahrtbundesamt (civil aviation authority) for further proceedings.

Air Berlin, although having received an according inquiry from The Aviation Herald on Saturday (Apr 16th), have not responded to The Aviation Herald so far.

In a first statement of Apr 15th sent to the German radio station NDR Info Air Berlin said, that there was some unusual odour shortly after takeoff from Munich. The odour quickly dissipated. As a precaution a special inspection of the aircraft was performed in Bangkok which showed a minor oil leakage in the right hand engine, the oil consumption however had remained in the normal range specified by the manufacturer. After "adjustment of the leakage" the aircraft was released for flight. After return from Bangkok the engine was replaced as a precaution. The Luftfahrtbundesamt (civil aviation authority) has been properly notified of the occurrence.
Incident: Jetblue A320 at Fort Lauderdale on Apr 19th 2011, door open indication
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Apr 19th 2011 22:14Z, last updated Tuesday, Apr 19th 2011 22:14Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N662JB performing flight B6-410 from Fort Lauderdale,FL to Boston,MA (USA), was climbing out of Fort Lauderdale's runway 09L when the crew reported they had just received a door open indication and needed to return to Fort Lauderdale. The airplane levelled at 5000 feet and returned to runway 09L for a safe landing about 20 minutes after departure.

The airplane was able to depart again about an hour later and reached Boston with a delay of 80 minutes

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