Incident: Austrian A320 near Innsbruck on Oct 7th 2011, lightning strike
|By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Oct 7th 2011 10:43Z, last updated Friday, Oct 7th 2011 10:50Z |
An Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration OE-LBU performing flight OS-915 from Vienna to Innsbruck (Austria) with 57 passengers, was on approach to Innsbruck already inside the Inn valley and already descending through 8800 feet MSL on Innsbruck's East Localizer at about 7:32L (05:32Z), when the aircraft was struck by lightning. The crew aborted the approach and returned to Vienna flying enroute at FL120. The aircraft landed safely on Vienna's runway 34 about one hour after aborting the approach to Innsbruck.
The airline said, the crew returned to Vienna because a technical check and eventual repair of the aircraft following the lightning strike would not have been possible in Innsbruck. The passengers were rebooked onto other flights.
The aircraft had flown to Innsbruck at FL280 and remained on FL120 on the way back to Vienna.
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