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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Airbus Updates No.414

Incident: THY A343 at Mumbai on Sep 2nd 2011, runway excursion

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Sep 2nd 2011 07:53Z, last updated Saturday, Sep 3rd 2011 15:50Z
A Turkish Airlines Airbus A340-300, registration TC-JDM performing flight TK-720 from Istanbul (Turkey) to Mumbai (India) with 93 passengers and 11 crew, had landed on Mumbai's runway 27 at 04:13L (22:43Z Sep 1st). While attempting to turn off onto high speed exit N8 the aircraft veered off paved surface and came to a stop with all gear on soft ground within the runway protected zone. No injuries occurred.

The runway was closed, and despite being expected to re-open by 20:00L about 14 hours after the incident remained closed until the evening of the following day for a total of about 43 hours. The airport remained open using the second shorter runway 14/32.

Mumbai Airport reported the runway had been inspected at 03:58L with all airside infrastructure found operational/functional, following the inspection one landing and one takeoff took place prior to the landing of TK-720.

Turkish Airlines said, the aircraft skidded off the runway due to excessive rainfall. No injuries occurred. A replacement aircraft has been dispatched to Mumbai to conduct the return flight TK-721.

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation.
Airbus A340-311 aircraft picture

Incident: Fedex A306 near Vancouver on Aug 30th 2011, hydraulic problem

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Sep 2nd 2011 16:27Z, last updated Friday, Sep 2nd 2011 16:27Z
A Fedex Federal Express Airbus A300-600, registration N660FE performing flight FX-142 from Memphis,TN (USA) to Vancouver,BC (Canada), was enroute near Vancouver in contact with Seattle Center, when the crew declared emergency reporting a hydraulic problem. The aircraft continued to Vancouver for a safe landing on runway 26L.
Airbus A300F4-605R aircraft picture


Incident: Alitalia A319 near Paris on Aug 31st 2011, cry after landing

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Sep 2nd 2011 14:15Z, last updated Friday, Sep 2nd 2011 14:16Z
An Alitalia Airbus A319-100, registration I-BIMA performing flight AZ-358 from Milan Linate (Italy) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), was enroute when an expectant mother went into labour. The crew accelerated approach and landing to Paris Charles de Gaulle and landed safely about 15 minutes ahead of time. Shortly after landing, just after a medical team had entered the aircraft, a healthy baby boy of 3kg made his first cry followed by applause of the other passengers

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