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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.608

Incident: Cathay A333 near Hong Kong on Jan 23rd 2012, cracked windshield

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:14Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:14Z
A Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300, registration B-HLM performing flight CX-735 from Hong Kong (China) to Singapore (Singapore), was climbing out of Hong Kong when the crew decided to return to Hong Kong due to a cracked windshield. The aircraft landed safely back on Hong Kong's runway 07L about 45 minutes after departure.

A replacement aircraft reached Singapore with a delay of 2.5 hours.

Incident: Etihad A332 at Kathmandu on Jan 17th 2012, engine problem

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:35Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:35Z
An Etihad Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration A6-EYL performing flight EY-293 from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) with 168 people on board, was climbing out of Kathmandu about 5 minutes into the flight when the crew detected problems with an engine (Trent 772) and decided to return to Kathmandu. The aircraft landed safely back on Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport about one hour after departure.

The airport reported one of the engines had failed and was shut down.

The airline said a minor engine problem prompted the return. The passengers were taken to hotels.

The incident aircraft was able to position back to Abu Dhabi as flight EY-293P on Jan 21st and re-entered service thereafter.

Incident: Qatar A320 near Kathmandu on Jan 13th 2012, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:55Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:55Z
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320-200, registration A7-ADU performing flight QR-357 from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Doha (Qatar), was climbing out of Kathmandu when the crew needed to shut an engine (V2527) down in flight and diverted to Lucknow (India) for a safe landing.

The aircraft was able to position to Qatar on Jan 18th as flight QR-3355.

Incident: Qantas A333 enroute on Jan 24th 2012, hydraulic leak

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 15:45Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 15:48Z
A Qantas Airbus A330-300, registration VH-QPD performing flight QF-20 from Manila (Philippines) to Brisbane,QL (Australia) and further to Sydney,NS (Australia), was enroute entering Australian Airspace when the crew declared PAN advising of a possible hydraulic leak. The crew decided to divert to Sydney,NS (Australia) and set course directly to Sydney subsequently advising they wanted to minimize their braking at Sydney due to the hydraulic quantity. Quite some discussion ensued regarding Sydney's night curfew as the aircraft estimated to arrive at 05:50L 10 minutes prior to the end of curfew, the crew pledged to hold or extend the downwind to meet the curfew, the PAN call however released the curfew and the airport preferred to have the aircraft land earlier to complete the runway inspection and have the runway available again at 06:00L. The aircraft landed safely on Sydney's runway 16R at about 05:40L and vacated the runway via taxiway A5 about 3200 meters/10600 feet down the runway.

Incident: TAM A332 at Paris on Jan 24th 2012, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 23:52Z, last updated Wednesday, Jan 25th 2012 09:40Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A330-200, registration PT-MVF performing flight JJ-8055 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Rio de Janeiro Galeao,RJ (Brazil) with 160 passengers, was climbing out of Charles de Gaulle Airport's runway 27L when the crew stopped the climb at FL160, squawked emergency, dumped fuel and returned to Charles de Gaulle Airport for a safe landing on runway 27L about 80 minutes after departure.

The airline reported the aircraft suffered a technical problem. The flight has been rescheduled for Jan 25th and is estimated to depart Paris with a delay of 19.5 hours, the passengers were taken to hotels.

Passengers reported the aircraft was about 10 minutes into the flight when a loud bang was heard followed by serious vibrations and an announcement from the flight deck that the right hand engine (CF6) had failed and needed to be shut down. The aircraft would dump fuel and return to Paris.

Incident: S7 A319 at Krasnojarsk on Jan 26th 2012, rejected takeoff

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:12Z, last updated Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:12Z
A S7 Sibir Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration VP-BHI performing flight S7-72 from Krasnojarsk to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia) with 106 passengers and 7 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Krasnojarsk when the crew received an indication the left hand thrust reverser (CFM56) had opened. The crew rejected takeoff, the aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.

West Siberia's Transport Prosecution Office reported the aircraft rejected takeoff in the first phase of the takeoff run.

The aircraft was able to depart Krasnojarsk following examination and repair and reached Moscow with a delay of 8:45 hours.

Incident: Lufthansa A320 near Cologne on Jan 25th 2012, hydraulic leak

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:33Z, last updated Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:33Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A320-200, registration D-AIPE performing flight LH-1988 from Munich to Cologne (Germany), was on approach to Cologne when the crew detected a possible hydraulic leak. The aircraft continued the approach to Cologne's runway 14L for a safe landing, tower however reported smoke from the right hand main gear. The aircraft stopped after vacating the runway, emergency services responded and cooled the brakes. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the apron, where passengers disembarked normally about 30 minutes after landing.

A passenger reported the aircraft stopped shortly after turning off the runway, fire brigades arrived a short time later. The crew announced that they had suffered a hydraulic leak and after landing the tower reported smoke from the right hand gear obviously as result of hydraulic fluid dripping onto the brakes. Emergency services used water to cool the right hand brakes the crew announced at 160 degrees C at that point. Emergency services advised that the aircraft needed to hold position to prevent further hydraulic fluid spillage, the aircraft was subsequently towed to the apron, where the passengers disembarked about 30 minutes after landing.

The incident aircraft was able to depart Cologne about 6 hours after landing.

Incident: Air Canada A319 near Providencialis on Jan 13th 2012, hydraulic leak, hydraulic failure

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jan 27th 2012 23:07Z, last updated Friday, Jan 27th 2012 23:07Z
An Air Canada Airbus A319-100, registration C-FZUJ performing flight AC-1272 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Providencialis (Turks and Caicos Islands) with 115 people on board, was on approach to Providencialis when the crew observed the loss of hydraulic fluid from the green hydraulic system followed by an overheat indication of the yellow hydraulic system. The crew actioned the relevant checklists, declared emergency and continued the approach to Providencialis. The gear was lowered using the alternate extension, the aircraft landed safely, however had to stop on the runway due to the loss of nose wheel steering as result of the alternate gear extension. The aircraft was towed off the runway.

The Canadian TSB reported the loss of hydraulic fluid from the green hydraulic system was attributed to a leaking left hand main gear door bypass valve. The yellow system's overheat was attributed to the sustained operation of the power transfer unit attempting to pressurize the green hydraulic system

Incident: Aeroflot A320 near Krasnodar on Jan 28th 2012, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 15:44Z, last updated Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 15:44Z
An Aeroflot Airbus A320-200, registration VQ-BBB performing flight SU-874 from Sochi to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) with 83 passengers, was enroute near Krasnodar (Russia) when the crew needed to shut an engine (CFM56) down and diverted to Krasnodar for a safe landing.

A number of passengers have been rebooked onto other flights.

Incident: Easyjet A320 at Manchester on Jan 27th 2012, lightning strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 17:46Z, last updated Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 17:49Z
An Easyjet Airbus A320-200, registration G-EZUI performing flight U2-1946 from Athens (Greece) to Manchester,EN (UK), was on final approach to Manchester's runway 23R descending through about 1300 feet when a lightning struck the aircraft. The crew went around and entered a holding at 4000 feet to run checklists, then had to wait until snow removal on the runways was complete before landing safely on runway 23R about 25 minutes after aborting the first approach.

An observer on the ground reported the aircraft received two visible burn marks on the fuselage just underneath the captain's windshield.

The aircraft returned to service the following day after about 19 hours on the ground.



















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