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Friday, 2 September 2011

Airbus Updates No.410

Incident: Donbassaero A320 enroute on Jul 6th 2011, hydraulic leak

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Aug 30th 2011 17:08Z, last updated Tuesday, Aug 30th 2011 17:08Z
A Donbassaero Airbus A320-200, registration UR-DAC performing flight 7D-7760 from Hurghada (Egypt) to Kiev (Ukraine), was enroute at FL360 over the Mediterranean Sea when the crew reported the failure of the green hydraulic system as result of a low hydraulic fluid quantity. After working the relevant checklists the crew elected to continue to Kiev, where the aircraft landed safely.

Ukraine's Ministry of Transport reported maintenance found the cause of the hydraulic leak was the fracture of low pressure drain line as result of wear in vibrations. The wear was the result of improper installation of a mounting collar in Liberia. The Ukraine have listed the Liberian maintenance facility as low quality facility, all Ukrainian operators have been informed.


Incident: Air India A332 near Mumbai on Aug 31st 2011, hydraulic problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Sep 1st 2011 12:45Z, last updated Thursday, Sep 1st 2011 12:45Z
An Air India Airbus A330-200, registration VT-IWA performing flight AI-930 from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to Mumbai (India) with 286 people on board, was enroute about 50 minutes prior to estimated landing when the crew reported hydraulic problems. The aircraft continued to Mumbai for a safe landing.
Incident: Lufthansa A343 over Atlantic on Sep 1st 2011, chemical smell on board
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Sep 1st 2011 18:53Z, last updated Thursday, Sep 1st 2011 18:53Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, registration D-AIGL performing flight LH-439 from Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 231 passengers, was enroute at FL360 about 360nm east of Gander,NL (Canada) when the crew reported a chemical smell in the cargo area and decided to turn around and divert to Gander. The aircraft performed oceanic contingency procedures to descend to FL270 and landed safely in Gander about 77 minutes later.

The passengers were taken to hotels.

Incident: Virgin America A320 near Houston on Aug 30th 2011, smell of smoke in cabin
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Aug 31st 2011 14:42Z, last updated Wednesday, Aug 31st 2011 14:42Z
A Virgin America Airbus A320-200, registration N835VA performing flight VX-315 from Orlando,FL to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 60nm east of Houston,TX (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cabin and diverted to Houston. The aircraft landed safely on Houston's runway 27 (runways 08 and 09 active) about 17 minutes later.

A passenger tweeted the flight diverted because of an odour on board.

A replacement Airbus A319-100 registration N524VA reached Los Angeles with a delay of 8 hours.

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