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Friday, 6 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.213

Incident: Germanwings A319 near Nuremberg on Apr 28th 2011, burning smell in cockpit

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 29th 2011 07:27Z, last updated Friday, Apr 29th 2011 07:27Z
A Germanwings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AGWB performing flight 4U-3751 from Vienna (Austria) to Hanover (Germany) with 86 passengers, was enroute at FL340 about 20nm north of Linz (Austria) and 125nm southeast of Nuremberg (Germany) about 16 minutes into the flight when the crew reported a burning smell in the cocpit and decided to divert to Nuremberg. The aircraft rapidly descended to FL100 reaching FL100 5 minutes later (average sinkrate 4800 fpm) landed safely in Nuremberg about 25 minutes after leaving FL340. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire or heat.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers were bussed to Hanover (road distance 480km/260nm) and reached their destination with a delay of more than 8 hours.

The airline reported that maintenance did not detect any fault in cockpit or cabin.

Incident: Qatar A320 near Budapest on Apr 29th 2011, cargo fire indication
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Apr 30th 2011 07:10Z, last updated Saturday, Apr 30th 2011 07:20Z
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320-200, registration A7-AHF performing flight QR-94 from Vienna (Austria) to Doha (Qatar) with 95 passengers and 8 crew, was enroute at FL350 about 150nm southeast of Budapest (Hungary) already over Romania when the crew received a cargo fire indication, descended the aircraft to FL110, turned around and diverted to Budapest for a safe landing on Budapest's runway 13R about 35 minutes later. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke, the airplane subsequently taxied to the apron where passengers disembarked normally.

The smoke detector was identified faulty.

The airplane was able to continue the flight after about 5 hours on the ground and reached Doha with a delay of 6.5 hours.

Incident: NAS A320 at Jizan on Apr 29th 2011, unsafe gear after departure
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, May 1st 2011 15:47Z, last updated Sunday, May 1st 2011 15:47Z
A NAS Air Airbus A320-200, flight XY-240 (scheduled departure Apr 28th) from Jizan to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) with 119 passengers, could not fully retract a main landing gear, burned off fuel and returned to Jizan for a safe landing about 50 minutes after departure

Incident: Emirates A388 near Perth on May 2nd 2011, medical emergency
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, May 1st 2011 22:56Z, last updated Sunday, May 1st 2011 22:56Z
A6-EDA in Perth
A6-EDA in Perth
An Emirates Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EDA performing flight EK-412 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was enroute northeast of Perth,WA (Australia) when a woman (58) suffered symptoms of a cardiac arrest. The crew diverted to Perth for a safe landing on runway 21, the woman was taken to a local hospital.

The aircraft departed again after 100 minutes on the ground in Perth and is currently estimated to reach Sydney with a total delay of 4:40 hours.

Incident: Kuwait A306 at Alexandria on Apr 28th 2011, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, May 2nd 2011 10:11Z, last updated Monday, May 2nd 2011 10:11Z
A Kuwait Airways Airbus A300-600, registration 9K-AMB performing flight KU-546 from Alexandria Borg el Arab (Egypt) to Kuwait (Kuwait), returned to Alexandria's Borg el Arab Airport after a large bird impacted the aircraft's windshield causing the windshield to crack. The airplane landed safely.

The passengers were taken to hotels.

Following repairs the airplane was able to depart the following day again and reached Kuwait with a delay of 18 hours.

Incident: BMI A321 at Beirut on May 3rd 2011, rejected takeoff due to bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 15:47Z, last updated Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 15:57Z
A BMI British Midland Airbus A321-200, registration G-MEDN performing flight BD-997 (scheduled dep May 2nd) from Beirut (Lebanon) to Khartoum (Sudan) with 45 passengers, rejected takeoff from Beirut's runway 21 at high speed after an engine (V2533) ingested a bird. The airplane slowed safely and returned to the apron.

The legs Beirut-Khartoum-Beirut were cancelled.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration G-MEDH was dispatched from London,EN (UK) to Beirut as flight BD-9521 and is currently estimated to reach London Heathrow on return flight BD-996 from Beirut to London with a delay of 6 hours.

Incident: Condor A320 at Paderborn on Apr 30th 2011, where are the runway lights?
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, May 5th 2011 11:01Z, last updated Thursday, May 5th 2011 11:01Z
A Condor Airbus A320-200, registration D-AICN performing flight DE-6225 from Fuerteventura,CI (Spain) to Paderborn (Germany) with 170 people on board, was on final approach to Paderborn around 23:35L (21:35Z) when the crew could not see the runway lights or runway and went around. The airplane entered a holding for about 10 minutes before commencing a second approach to Paderborn that ended in a safe landing.

The airport reported, that the runway lights are not continuously turned on during the night and switched on only upon arriving or departing traffic. There had been a communication problem between tower and crew, therefore the runway lights had not been turned on.

Passengers reported the crew announced they could not see the runway lights and therefore went around. After arrival border police mentioned there had been a fire alarm at the tower.

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