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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.275

Incident: Tiger A320 at Melbourne on Jun 7th 2011, descended below minimum safe altitude

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Jun 8th 2011 07:34Z, last updated Wednesday, Jun 8th 2011 07:34Z
A Tiger Airways Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VNG performing flight TR-5207 from Brisbane,QL to Melbourne,VI (Australia), was on an instrument approach to Melbourne's runway 27 turning onto the base leg, when the aircraft descended to 2000 feet, which is below the minimum safe altitude of 2500 feet, before the aircraft climbed back to 2500 feet while turning final. The aircraft continued for a safe landing.

The Australian TSB opened an investigation into the "operational occurrence" (editorial note: suggesting the ATSB is looking into a possible ATC error).
Incident: Austrian A321 near Zurich on Jun 8th 2011, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jun 9th 2011 10:27Z, last updated Thursday, Jun 9th 2011 10:27Z
An Austrian Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration OE-LBC performing flight OS-416 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Vienna (Austria) with 106 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 20nm northnortheast of Zurich (Switzerland) when the outer pane of the captain's windshield cracked. The crew descended the aircraft to FL200 and continued the flight to Vienna for a safe landing about 80 minutes later.

The airline reported the windscreen is currently being replaced, the aircraft is expected to re-enter service during the day (Jun 9th).

Incident: Lufthansa A343 near Simferopol on Jun 8th 2011, medical emergency
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jun 9th 2011 11:09Z, last updated Thursday, Jun 9th 2011 11:09Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, registration D-AIGK performing flight LH-758 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Chennai (India), was enroute near Simferopol (Ukraine) when a male passenger (77) started bleeding from varicose veins. The aircraft landed safely in Simferopol, the passenger was taken to a local hospital.

The aircraft reached Chennai with a delay of 4 hours.

The Crimean Emergency Ministry reported the passenger was diagnosed with diabetes in addition to the varicose veins and is in satisfactory condition.
Incident: Air Canada A320 at Toronto on Jun 4th 2011, hot brakes after departure
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jun 9th 2011 18:16Z, last updated Thursday, Jun 9th 2011 18:16Z
An Air Canada Airbus A320-200, registration C-FDCA performing flight AC-1157 from Toronto,ON to Edmonton,AB (Canada) with 144 people on board, was climbing out of Toronto when the crew declared emergency due to hot brakes, levelled off at 7000 feet and returned to Toronto for a safe overweight landing on runway 15L about 20 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration C-FMSX reached Edmonton with a delay of 2.5 hours.

The Canadian TSB reported that the #1 brake sensor was found faulty and was replaced.

The incident aircraft resumed service about 3.5 hours after landing.

Incident: Iberia A319 near Madrid on Jun 9th 2011, unruly passenger
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jun 10th 2011 11:03Z, last updated Friday, Jun 10th 2011 11:03Z
An Iberia Airbus A319-100, registration EC-JVE performing flight IB-3512 from Madrid,SP (Spain) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 110 passengers, had reached cruise level 340 about 110nm northeast of Madrid when the crew decided to return to Madrid due to male passenger (27) who undressed and when being queried by flight attendants attacked the flight attendants. The aircraft landed safely back in Madrid about 40 minutes later, police took the unruly into custody.

No charges were filed, the man was released.

The aircraft reached Frankfurt with a delay of 4 hours.

Incident: Dragonair A320 at Shanghai on Jun 8th 2011, hydraulic failures

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 11th 2011 11:18Z, last updated Saturday, Jun 11th 2011 15:00Z
A Dragonair Airbus A320-200, registration B-HSE performing flight KA-877 from Shanghai to Hong Kong (China), returned to Shanghai after the yellow and green hydraulic systems failed shortly after takeoff. The airplane landed safely without nose gear steering, stopped on the runway and needed to be towed to the apron.
Incident: Rossiya A319 at Rostov on Jun 11th 2011, overran runway

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 11th 2011 16:33Z, last updated Saturday, Jun 11th 2011 16:33Z
A Rossiya Airbus A319-100, registration VQ-BAT performing flight FV-721 from St. Petersburg to Rostov (Russia) with 127 passengers, overran the runway at 16:46L (12:46Z) while landing Rostov and came to a stop on soft ground. The aircraft was evacuated. No injuries occurred.

The airport was closed for about 90 minutes due to the evacuation and until the aircraft was towed back onto paved surface and to the apron.

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