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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.241

Incident: Jetblue A320 at New York on May 17th 2011, lightning strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, May 19th 2011 16:31Z, last updated Thursday, May 19th 2011 16:32Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N583JB performing flight B6-180 (dep May 16th) from Phoenix,AZ to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 151 passengers and 5 crew, was on approach to New York's runway 04R descending through 13000 feet when the crew reported a lightning strike. A minute later the crew declared emergency reporting they now were smelling smoke in the cockpit and needed to land as soon as possible. The crew landed safely on runway 04R about 10 minutes later. After landing the crew reported the smell had dissipated, emergency services reported everything appeared normal, the aircraft began to taxi towards the apron when one of the fire trucks reported a suspicious line on the side of the fuselage causing suspicions of a possible crack. The line was also found on the other side of the fuselage and suspected to be part of an (old) paint scheme. The aircraft taxied to the apron.

The aircraft had been enroute at FL330 until abeam Albuquerque,NM then descended to FL260 for the remaining cruise portion of the flight.

Incident: Spanair A320 over Belgium on May 20th 2011, loss comm

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 20th 2011 14:21Z, last updated Friday, May 20th 2011 14:21Z
A Spanair Airbus A320-200, registration EC-JJD performing flight JK-57 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Stockholm (Sweden), was enroute at FL360 over Belgium when radio communication between aircraft and air traffic control was lost after the airplane was handed off to Dutch ATC around 13:20L (11:20Z). Two Dutch F-16 fighter aircraft were dispatched to intercept the aircraft and were heard in the Netherlands by their sonic boom. After the fighter pilots established visual contact with the Spanair crew the Spanair pilots were able to restore radio contact. The airplane was escorted out of Dutch air space into German airspace and continued to Stockholm, where the aircraft landed safely on schedule.

Incident: Jetblue A320 over Atlantic on May 14th 2011, unruly passenger
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 20th 2011 23:25Z, last updated Friday, May 20th 2011 23:25Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N537JT performing flight B6-819 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) with 150 passengers, was enroute at FL350 about 160nm south of New York about 45 minutes into the flight when the captain got aware of a passenger who insisted of being entitled to use a cabin crew seat in the cabin. The passenger, reported to be a TSA screener, was travelling on a staff pass he had gotten from a friend working for Jetblue. The captain decided to return to New York where the aircraft landed safely about 2.5 hours after departure. The unruly passenger was offloaded.

The aircraft departed again and reached Santo Domingo with a delay of 4.5 hours.

Incident: TAM A321 near Salvador on May 20th 2011, bomb hoax

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 21st 2011 15:41Z, last updated Saturday, May 21st 2011 15:41Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A321-200, registration PT-MXE performing flight JJ-3603 from Porto Seguro,BA to Salvador,BA with 129 passengers and further on to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil), was enroute when a male passenger (45) claimed to have planted a bomb aboard. The crew continued to Salvador for a safe landing, the passenger was arrested.

A search of the aircraft and luggage found no traces of explosives.

The airplane continued the journey to Sao Paulo reaching the destination with a delay of 3 hours

Incident: United A319 near Chicago on May 21st 2011, hydraulic problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, May 22nd 2011 11:02Z, last updated Sunday, May 22nd 2011 11:02Z
A United Airlines Airbus A319-100, flight UA-337 from Orlando,FL to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 128 people on board, was on a downwind for Chicago's runway 10 when the crew reported a hydraulic problem. The crew extended the downwind and performed a safe landing on runway 10 about 8 minutes later.

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