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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Airbus Updates No.199

Incident: Easyjet A320 near Cairo on Apr 23rd 2011, medical emergency

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 24th 2011 15:30Z, last updated Sunday, Apr 24th 2011 15:30Z
An Easyjet Airbus A320-200, registration G-EZTH performing flight U2-8854 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to London Gatwick,EN (UK) with 175 passengers, diverted to Cairo (Egypt) after a female passenger developed breathing problems and symptoms of seriously low blood pressure. The airplane landed safely in Cairo, the passenger was taken to hospital accompanied by her husband.

The aircraft reached London with a delay of 140 minutes.

Incident: Air France A319 at St. Petersburg on Apr 23rd 2011, rejected takeoff due to birdstrike
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 24th 2011 16:07Z, last updated Sunday, Apr 24th 2011 16:07Z
An Air France Airbus A319-100, registration F-GRHU performing flight AF-2253 from St. Petersburg (Russia) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), rejected takeoff from St. Petersburg at high speed after an engine (CFM56) ingested a bird. The airplane slowed safely, briefly stopped on the runway and returned to the apron.

The flight was subsequently cancelled.

Incident: US Airways A320 at Tampa on Apr 23rd 2011, smoke on board
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 24th 2011 16:43Z, last updated Sunday, Apr 24th 2011 16:43Z
A US Airways Airbus A320-200, registration N111US performing flight US-1048 from Tampa,FL to Charlotte,NC (USA) with 154 passengers and 5 crew, was in the initial climb out of Tampa's runway 19R when the crew donned their oxygen masks and declared emergency reporting smoke in the aircraft later adding there was smoke in cockpit and cabin. The airplane levelled off at 3500 feet and returned to Tampa's runway 19R for a safe landing about 8 minutes after departure, emergency services reported on crew request to see no smoke from the aircraft, the crew subsequently taxied to the apron.

The flight was cancelled.

Accident: Alitalia A321 enroute on Apr 24th 2011, attempted hijack
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 24th 2011 23:14Z, last updated Monday, Apr 25th 2011 07:05Z
An Alitalia Airbus A321-100, registration I-BIXA performing flight AZ-329 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Rome Fiumicino (Italy) with 131 passengers, was enroute about 30 minutes prior to estimated landing when a male passenger (48, Kazakhstan) attacked a flight attendant with a nail file and demanded the airplane should divert to Tripoli (Libya). Cabin crew and other passengers subdued the man however, a doctor on board put the attacker down providing a sedative and the airplane continued for a safe landing on Rome's runway 16L. The hijacker was taken into custody by Italian police, the attacked flight attendant received minor injuries at her neck and needed to be taken to the emergency room of the airport.

The attacker, said to be advisor to Kazakhstan's delegation at the UNESCO, was described as agitated and unbalanced then turning into lunatic. He stood up from his seat in the front of the aircraft, walked towards a flight attendant and when behind her pulled what appeared to be a small knife, clinched her from behind and threatened her throat with the knife. Cabin crew and other passengers acted immediately and subdued the man within a few moments, the attacker began to laugh.
Incident: Onur A320 at Amsterdam on Apr 23rd 2011, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 25th 2011 16:09Z, last updated Monday, Apr 25th 2011 16:10Z
An Onur Air Airbus A320-200, registration TC-OBI performing flight 8Q-966 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Bodrum (Turkey) with 130 people on board, was climbing out of Amsterdam's runway 36L when a pigeon hit the hinge of the right hand nose gear door causing all gear doors to remain open. The crew levelled off at 6000 feet and returned to Amsterdam for a safe landing on runway 36R 20 minutes after departure. The aircraft vacated the runway and shut down on taxiway E2. The aircraft was towed to the apron following inspection by emergency services.

Following repairs the airplane was able to depart again and reached Bodrum with a delay of 4 hours

Incident: Swiss A320 near London on Apr 25th 2011, hydraulic failure
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Apr 26th 2011 07:09Z, last updated Tuesday, Apr 26th 2011 07:09Z
A Swiss Airbus A320-200, registration HB-IJH performing flight LX-339 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 156 passengers and 6 crew, was in the initial climb out of London Heathrow's runway 09R when the crew reported the failure of one of the hydraulic systems, stopped the climb at 6000 feet and entered a holding to troubleshoot the problem. The airplane subsequently returned to London Heathrow for a safe landing on runway 09L about 40 minutes after departure and stopped on the runway due to lack of nose wheel steering. The airplane needed to be towed to the apron.

The passengers were taken to hotels and were rebooked onto other flights the following day

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