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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Airbus Updates No.555

Incident: Lufthansa A321 near Lisbon on Dec 3rd 2011, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Dec 4th 2011 14:27Z, last updated Sunday, Dec 4th 2011 14:27Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200, registration D-AISG performing flight LH-1172 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Lisbon (Portugal) with 123 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Lisbon when the crew needed to shut an engine (V2533) down. The crew continued for a safe landing on Lisbon's runway 21.

The airline reported the cause of the engine failure is under investigation

Incident: Aer Lingus A320 near Dublin on Dec 5th 2011, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Dec 5th 2011 14:21Z, last updated Monday, Dec 5th 2011 14:21Z
An Aer Lingus Airbus A320-200, registration EI-DES performing flight EI-432 from Dublin (Ireland) to Milan Linate (Italy), was climbing through FL260 when the crew levelled off reporting a cracked windshield and returned to Dublin for a safe landing on runway 28 about 50 minutes after departure and about 10 minutes after the high speed landing of a Ryanair Boeing, see Incident: Ryanair B738 at Dublin on Dec 5th 2011, slat problem.

A replacement A320-200 registration EI-DEB reached Milan with a delay of 2 hours.

Incident: Malaysian A332 at Chennai on Dec 4th 2011, unsafe gear

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Dec 5th 2011 15:54Z, last updated Monday, Dec 5th 2011 15:54Z
A Malaysian Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration 9M-MKW performing flight MH-180 from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Chennai (India) with 224 passengers and 12 crew, aborted final approach to Chennai due to an unsafe gear indication and entered a hold to work the relevant checklists. The crew was able to successfully lower the gear and landed safely in Chennai about 30 minutes after aborting the first approach.

The aircraft was able to perform the return flight MH-181 with a delay of 2 hours.

Incident: Delta A319 near Kansas City on Dec 5th 2011, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Dec 6th 2011 14:35Z, last updated Tuesday, Dec 6th 2011 14:35Z
A Delta Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N318NB performing flight DL-1214 from Kansas City,MO to Detroit,MI (USA) with 73 people on board, had just reached cruise level 310 when the crew needed to shut the right hand engine (CFM56) down following vibrations. The aircraft returned to Kansas City for a safe landing on runway 01R about 35 minutes later.

Passengers reported a number of bumps followed by vibrations before the crew announced the right hand engine had been shut down.
Incident: LAN A319 at Arequipa on Dec 5th 2011, unsafe gear
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Dec 6th 2011 15:15Z, last updated Tuesday, Dec 6th 2011 15:17Z
A LAN Airlines Airbus A319-100, flight LA-2103/LP-2103 from Lima to Arequipa (Peru), aborted the approach to Arequipa due to an unsafe gear indication, entered a holding to troubleshoot and finally returned to Lima for a safe landing about 130 minutes later.

Passengers reported the captain announced they had an unsafe gear indication. Although they believed it was a false indication they needed to return to the capital as a precaution.

The passengers were rebooked onto flight LA-2127 the following day and reached Arequipa with a delay of 12 hours.

Incident: SAA A343 near Perth on Dec 6th 2011, lightning strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Dec 7th 2011 17:58Z, last updated Wednesday, Dec 7th 2011 17:59Z
A SAA South African Airways Airbus A340-300, registration ZS-SXA performing flight SA-280 from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Perth,WA (Australia), was on approach to Perth when the crew reported a lightning strike causing a number of abnormal indications including tyre pressure. The aircraft was pulled off the approach to accomodate other heavy arrivals prior to a possible shutdown of the runway and sent into a holding at 5000 feet. The crew advised they had some engineer on board look at the tyres, requested local emergency services on standby and updated that they had lost nearly all tyre pressure indications. The aircraft landed safely on runway 21 about 25 minutes later and vacated the runway via taxiway L. A runway inspection revealed no debris on the runway.

An observer on the ground reported a massive lightning bolt from cloud to cloud passed just underneath the aircraft.

The aircraft was able to conduct the return flight SA-281 to Johannesburg on schedule after about 10 hours ground time.

Perth Airport operations were seriously hampered for several hours when a thunderstorm front remained almost stationary over the aerodrome.

Incident: LAN A319 at Lima on Dec 5th 2011, loss of nose wheel steering

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Dec 5th 2011 23:14Z, last updated Wednesday, Dec 7th 2011 18:29Z
A LAN Airlines Airbus A319-100, flight LA-2375/LP-2375 from Iquitos to Lima (Peru), aborted the approach to Lima due to the loss of nosewheel steering. The aircraft landed safely on Lima's runway 15 about 40 minutes later but got disabled on the runway and needed to be towed off the runway.

The runway was closed for 23 minutes causing two arriving flights to divert to Pisco (Peru).

The airline confirmed a minor nose wheel steering problem.

The aircraft just after standstill on the runway near taxiway F:

Incident: US Airways A320 near Philadelphia on Dec 7th 2011, fumes aboard

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Dec 8th 2011 15:05Z, last updated Thursday, Dec 8th 2011 15:06Z
A US Airways Airbus A320-200, registration N648AW performing flight US-439 from Philadelphia,PA to Las Vegas,NV (USA), was climbing through FL230 out of Philadelphia when the crew reported the smell of dirty socks in the back of the aircraft which could even be smelled in the cockpit. The aircraft returned to Philadelphia's runway 27L for a safe landing, after landing the crew reported the fumes were no longer as bad, they had been very strong in the back, and taxied to the apron with emergency services following.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration N602AW reached Las Vegas with a delay of 5.5 hours.

 











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