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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.290

Report: SAS A321 enroute on Jul 2nd 2010, smell of smoke

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jun 16th 2011 17:12Z, last updated Thursday, Jun 16th 2011 17:12Z
A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration OY-KBF performing flight SK-502 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Copenhagen (Denmark), was enroute when smell of smoke was briefly observed on board. A mechanic on board found no trace of fire. The crew continued to Copenhagen for a safe landing.

Denmark's Havarikommission released a
brief report in Danish stating, that after landing a fire extinguisher in a toilet's waste bin was found discharged. It was not possible to determine what triggered the fire extinguisher, however it had been seen that passengers did not obey to the no-smoking sign and disposed remains of cigarettes, not properly extinguished, into the toilet's waste bin.

Incident: Lufthansa A388 over Atlantic on Jun 14th 2011, medical emergency

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jun 16th 2011 17:41Z, last updated Thursday, Jun 16th 2011 17:41Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIMF performing flight LH-463 from Miami,FL (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was enroute at FL380 about 410nm south of St. John's,NL (Canada) about 3 hours into the flight when an elderly lady suffered symptoms of hypotension and became unresponsive. A doctor on board provided first aid and was able to stabilize the woman permitting the continuation of the flight. The aircraft continued to Frankfurt for a safe landing about 6 hours later, already waiting medical services took care of the patient.

Incident: Air Mediterranee A321 at Shannon on Jun 16th 2011, failure of nose gear steering

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jun 16th 2011 18:19Z, last updated Thursday, Jun 16th 2011 18:19Z
An Air Mediterranee Airbus A321-200, registration F-GYAQ performing flight DR-8230 from Nantes (France) to Shannon (Ireland), was on approach to Shannon descending through about FL120 when the crew reported their nose gear steering had failed but the crew expected a normal landing being able to vacate the runway, just needed to taxi very slowly. The airport put the emergency services on standby. The aircraft landed safely on runway 24 about 15 minutes later, vacated the runway and taxied slowly to the apron.

The airplane was able to depart for the return flight DR-8231 after about one hour on the ground

Accident: US Airways A319 at Pittsburgh on Jun 15th 2011, fumes on board
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jun 17th 2011 10:48Z, last updated Friday, Jun 17th 2011 10:48Z
A US Airways Airbus A319-100, flight US-630 from Phoenix,AZ to Pittsburgh,PA (USA) with 106 passengers and 5 crew, was on approach to Pittsburgh's runway 10L descending through 5000 feet when the crew reported they were on oxygen due to fumes in the cockpit and requested emergency services available at the gate. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 10L about 7 minutes later. While taxiing to the gate still on oxygen the crew requested paramedics at the gate reporting they had burning fumes in the cockpit and some odour in the cabin, the flight crew was suffering from burning eyes and a burning in the nose. One of the flight crew was subsequently taken to a local hospital.

The airline reported mechanics have not yet identified the source of the fumes.
Incident: Asiana A321 near Seoul on Jun 17th 2011, aircraft under fire
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 09:14Z, last updated Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 09:36Z
An Asiana Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration HL7763 performing flight OZ-324 (scheduled departure Jun 16th) from Chengdu (China) to Seoul Incheon (South Korea) with 119 people on board, was on approach to Seoul's Incheon Airport just about intercepting the localiser of Incheon Airport about 15nm northwest of Incheon Airport and a few nautical miles south of the border to North Korea when two South Korean soldiers on guard at Gyodong Island (about 5.5nm north of the aircraft position) thought the aircraft was a military one intruding the airspace from North Korea and opened the fire with their K-2 rifles. The aircraft was out of range of the rifles, was not hit and continued for a safe landing at 04:42L (before daybreak).

South Korean Marine Officials said the two soldiers on guard fired a total of 99 rounds at the aircraft, the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes, the airplane however was out of range of their K-2 rifles by about 500-600 meters (0.3nm). The soldiers claimed the aircraft was substantially north of the normal approach route to Seoul's Incheon Airport. The soldiers had just been alerted to increased provocations by North Korea due to the increased tensions between the two Koreas. Orders have been issued by South Korea Defense Ministry to immediately open the fire upon such provocative acts without waiting for instruction from superiors following an incident in November last year when North Korean military took Yeonpyeong Island under fire killing 4 inhabitants. Training of military personnel will be improved especially with regards to identifying military and civilian aircraft.

The airline said, the aircraft did not divert from its normal track. They got knowledge of the shooting only after the military inquired whether the aircraft suffered any damage.

Aviation sources said, the airplane was following an entirely normal approach route.

The K-2 rifles have an overall maximum range of 2400 meters (1.3nm) with an effective range of about 600 meters (0.3nm).

Incident: Brussels A333 near Toulouse on Jun 17th 2011, hydraulic failure

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 15:01Z, last updated Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 15:01Z
A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration OO-SFW performing flight SN-227 from Brussels (Belgium) to Monrovia (Liberia) with 114 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 180nm north of Toulouse (France) when the crew received an ECAM messages indicating the loss of pressure in one of the hydraulic systems. The crew squawked emergency and diverted to Toulouse for a safe landing on Toulouse's runway 14R about 40 minutes later.

The passengers were taken to hotels. The aircraft was repaired over night and departed Toulouse as flight SN-1227 the following day and is estimated to reach Monrovia with a total delay of 22 hours.

Incident: Lufthansa A343 over Atlantic on Jun 17th 2011, fire indication

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 16:55Z, last updated Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 16:55Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, registration D-AIGB performing flight LH-420 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Boston,MA (USA) with 215 passengers and 12 crew, was enroute at FL340 over the Atlantic south of Greenland when the crew received a fire alert for the cabin crew rest area, the indication did not cease even after the fire suppression system was activated. The aircraft descended to FL250 and diverted to Goose Bay,NL (Canada) for a safe landing about 90 minutes later. Emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke.

The passengers were taken to local hotels. The flight is expected to reach Boston with a delay of 23 hours.

Passengers reported they were prepared for a possible water landing (ditching).

Incident: Air Transat A313 near Fort Lauderdale on Jun 17th 2011, faulty door seal

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 17:43Z, last updated Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 17:46Z
An Air Transat Airbus A310-300, registration C-GTSX performing flight TS-375 from Santa Clara (Cuba) to Montreal,QC (Canada) with 230 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 125nm northeast of Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) when the crew requested to divert to Orlando,FL (USA). The aircraft descended to FL190 setting course towards Orlando, then turned south to divert to Fort Lauderdale, where the aircraft landed safely on runway 09L about 50 minutes after leaving FL370.

Fort Lauderdale Airport reported the aircraft diverted because of a faulty cargo door seal.

The aircraft was able to continue the journey after two hours on the ground and reached Montreal with a total delay of 4.5 hours.

 
Incident: Lufthansa A333 over Greenland on Jun 18th 2011, generator and APU failure followed by medical emergency
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 18th 2011 22:26Z, last updated Sunday, Jun 19th 2011 00:10Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A330-300, registration D-AIKN performing flight LH-490 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Seattle,WA (USA), was enroute over northern Greenland when the inflight entertainment system, reading lights, parts of the cabin lighting and part of lavatory lighting failed. About 50 minutes later, overhead Baffin Island (Canada), the crew initiated a descent to FL230 in order to start the APU and returned to cruise level 380, the crew however decided to divert to Edmonton,AB (Canada) changing the diversion destination to Calgary,AB some time later. Just before reaching the top of descent towards Calgary a doctor, nurse or paramedic was called out to attend a medical emergency on board. The aircraft landed safely in Calgary about 4:45 hours after the onset of trouble.

The airplane was able to depart Calgary after almost 5 hours on the ground and reached Seattle with a total delay of just over 5 hours.

A passenger on board reported that the inflight entertainment system, reading lights, parts of the cabin lighting and part of lavatory lighting failed about 3.5 hours into the flight while flying over northern Greenland. About 50 minutes later the captain announced while flying over Baffin Island that the right hand generator (engine Trent 772) had failed and they were now descending to 7000 meters to start the APU, that can not be started at cruise level. The airplane descended and remained on the lower altitude for about 10 minutes, then climbed back to cruise level. The captain announced that neither APU nor generator #2 had been successfully started and they were now diverting to Edmonton to top up fuel and have maintenance have a look at the #2 engine. About 90 minutes later the crew announced they decided to divert to Calgary because of the better maintenance facilities available. About 7 minutes prior to top of descent flight attendants called for a doctor, nurse or paramedic to step forward to attend a medical emergency on board. The aircraft landed safely. After about 100 minutes on the ground the captain announced that the #2 generator could not be repaired, and the APU's ignition was damaged with no spare parts available in Calgary, a part was to be flown in from Vancouver. The passenger closed his "live report" from Calgary: "Now they are getting creative by considering taking the necessary ignition spare parts from the APU of a Lufthansa A340 that's currently here in Calgary too."












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