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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Airbus Updates No.426

Incident: Virgin America A319 near Grand Junction on Sep 8th 2011, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Sep 8th 2011 17:18Z, last updated Thursday, Sep 8th 2011 17:18Z
A Virgin America Airbus A319-100, registration N530VA performing flight VX-28 (dep Sep 7th) from San Francisco,CA to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 111 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL350 about 200nm west of Grand Junction,CO when the crew needed to shut an engine down. The aircraft drifted down and diverted to Grand Junction for a safe landing on runway 11 about 40 minutes later.

The passengers were taken to hotels.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration N837VA was dispatched as flight VX-9837 from San Francisco to Grand Junction and is estimated to reach New York as flight VX-1028 with a delay of 10 hours.

Incident: Lufthansa A319 at Budapest on Sep 8th 2011, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Sep 9th 2011 00:07Z, last updated Friday, Sep 9th 2011 00:08Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILX performing flight LH-1684 from Munich (Germany) to Budapest (Hungary), was on final approach to Budapest's runway 31R when the aircraft encountered a bird strike prompting the crew to abort the approach and go-around. The aircraft joined a right downwind and positioned for another approach to runway 31L. The aircraft landed safely on runway 31L about 15 minutes later.

Runway 31R was closed for a runway inspection, another aircraft on final approach to 31R made a swing-over to runway 31L, other aircraft were re-cleared for an ILS approach to runway 31L. Runway 31R re-opened about 20 minutes later.


 
Incident: SAS A321 near Hamburg on Sep 8th 2011, smoke in cabin
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Sep 9th 2011 12:56Z, last updated Friday, Sep 9th 2011 12:56Z
A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration OY-KBE performing flight SK-688 from Milan Malpensa (Italy) to Copenhagen (Denmark) with 130 passengers, was enroute at FL380 about 60nm southeast of Hamburg (Germany) when the crew reported smoke in the cabin and decided to divert to Hamburg's Fuhlsbuettel Airport for a safe landing on runway 23 about 20 minutes later. By the time of landing the smoke had dissipated, emergency services utilizing thermal imaging found no trace of fire, heat or smoke.

The aircraft was able to continue the journey after about 2 hours on the ground and reached Copenhagen with a delay of about 130 minutes.

Incident: SATA A313 at Lajes on Sep 6th 2011, bird strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Sep 9th 2011 17:58Z, last updated Friday, Sep 9th 2011 17:58Z
A SATA International Airbus A310-300, registration CS-TKN performing flight S4-230 from Boston,MA (USA) to Terceira Azores Islands (Portugal) with 218 people on board, was on approach to Terceira's Lajes Airport when a bird struck the aircraft. The crew continued for a safe landing at Lajes Airport.

The aircraft was unable to conduct its next scheduled flight S4-237 to Oakland,CA (USA) via Hamilton,ON (Canada).

The airport reported an unusual number of migratory birds is currently around the aerodrome.

Incident: Swiss A333 over Atlantic on Sep 9th 2011, first officer unwell

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Sep 10th 2011 15:12Z, last updated Saturday, Sep 10th 2011 15:12Z
A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration HB-JHI performing flight LX-65 (dep Sep 8th) from Miami,FL (USA) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 217 passengers, was enroute at FL350 over the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda about 2 hours into the flight when the first officer suffered a migraine attack and needed to take some medicine. The captain decided to turn around and return to Miami as a precaution. The aircraft landed safely in Miami about 5 hours after departure.

The airline reported the first officer felt very unwell as result of a migraine attack forcing him to take some medicine which prompted the captain to return to Miami as a precaution. The first officer now needs to undergo medical examination.

Incident: Easyjet A320 near Doncaster on Sep 10th 2011, smoke in cabin
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Sep 10th 2011 23:45Z, last updated Saturday, Sep 10th 2011 23:45Z
An Easyjet Airbus A320-200, registration G-EZTA performing flight U2-1931 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Sofia (Bulgaria), was climbing through FL270 out of Manchester's runway 23R when the crew reported smoke in the cabin, levelled off and diverted to Doncaster,EN (UK) for a safe landing on runway 20 about 20 minutes later. Emergency services found no trace of fire or heat. The passengers deplaned normally via stairs.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration G-EZTG reached Sofia with a delay of 5.5 hours.

The source of the smoke was not found so far. The incident aircraft positioned back to Manchester departing Doncaster 8 hours after landing.



 
Incident: Swiss A321 at Dublin on Sep 13th 2011, smoke in cabin
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Sep 13th 2011 15:24Z, last updated Tuesday, Sep 13th 2011 15:24Z
A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A321-100, registration HB-IOC performing flight LX-401 from Dublin (Ireland) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 155 people on board, was climbing through FL070 out of Dublin's runway 28 when grey smoke with the smell of burning plastics was observed in the cabin. The crew levelled off and returned to Dublin for a safe landing on runway 28 about 10 minutes after departure. After a brief inspection by emergency services the aircraft taxied to the gate.

The cause of the smoke is under investigation.
Incident: Malta A319 near Sofia on Sep 10th 2011, hydraulic problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Sep 13th 2011 15:45Z, last updated Tuesday, Sep 13th 2011 15:45Z
An Air Malta Airbus A319-100, registration 9H-AEH performing flight KM-560 from Malta (Malta) to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia), was enroute at FL370 about 40nm eastnortheast of Sofia (Bulgaria) when the crew decided to return to Malta due to problems with one of the hydraulic systems. The aircraft landed safely back on Malta's runway 13 about 100 minutes later.

A replacement Airbus A319-100 registration 9H-AEJ reached Moscow with a delay of 5.5 hours


Incident: Airphilexpress A320 near Cebu on Sep 14th 2011, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Sep 14th 2011 12:35Z, last updated Wednesday, Sep 14th 2011 12:35Z
An Airphilexpress Airbus A320-200, flight 2P-247 from Cebu to Davao (Philippines) with 121 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Cebu when the crew reported they had needed to shut the left hand engine down. The aircraft returned to Cebu for a safe landing about 35 minutes after departure.

A replacement aircraft reached Davao with a delay of 2 hours.

Incident: Rossiya A319 near St. Petersburg on Sep 14th 2011, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Sep 14th 2011 12:51Z, last updated Wednesday, Sep 14th 2011 12:51Z
A Rossiya Airbus A319-100, registration VQ-BAS performing flight FV-721 from Saint Petersburg to Rostov (Russia), had already reached cruise altitude 10100 meters/FL331 about 65nm southeast of St. Petersburg when the crew reported problems with right hand engine's (CFM56) fuel pump forcing them to shut the engine down. The aircraft drifted down and returned to St. Petersburg for a safe landing on runway 28L about 55 minutes after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-500 registration EI-CDH reached Rostov with a delay of 2.5 hours.
Incident: US Airways A332 at Barcelona on Sep 10th 2011, hydraulic failure

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Sep 14th 2011 15:36Z, last updated Wednesday, Sep 14th 2011 15:36Z
A US Airways Airbus A330-200, registration N285AY performing flight US-743 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Philadelphia,PA (USA), stopped the climb out of Barcelona's runway 25L at FL080 due to a hydraulic failure and returned to Barcelona's runway 25R for a safe landing about 30 minutes after departure.

The flight was subsequently cancelled.










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