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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.692

Incident: Delta A333 at Amsterdam on Apr 18th 2012, runway incursion
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Apr 19th 2012 14:17Z, last updated Thursday, Apr 19th 2012 14:17Z
A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration N815NW performing flight DL-234 from Detroit,MI (USA) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), had landed on Amsterdam's runway 18R (Polderbaan), vacated the runway via turnoff V3 and taxied along taxiway V being cleared to continued taxi via taxiway Z to holding point Z2. Another aircraft was on final approach to runway 18C when the A333 followed taxiway Z and was handed off to ground. The crew received instruction to continue taxi via taxiway Z and A to gate E17 reading back (holding point) Z2 to gate E17. Radar data suggest the aircraft turned off taxiway Z via taxiway W11, crossed the hold short line without clearance to cross the runway and crossed runway 18C prompting ground control to call out "Expedite your cross please!" and vacated the runway at W10 without clearance to cross. The aircraft subsequently continued their taxi without further incident.

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) opened a short investigation stating that no risk of a collision existed although an aircraft was on approach to runway 18C stating that the A333 did cross the most southern part of the active runway 18C.

Incident: THY A343 at Istanbul on Apr 18th 2012, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 20th 2012 14:39Z, last updated Friday, Apr 20th 2012 14:39Z
A THY Turkish Airlines Airbus A340-300, registration TC-JDJ performing flight TK-7 from Istanbul Ataturk (Turkey) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA), was climbing out of Istanbul when a windshield developed a crack prompting the crew to return to Istanbul. The aircraft landed safely on Istanbul Ataturk Airport's runway 17L about 60 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A330-300 registration TC-JNM departed about 4 hours past schedule and reached Washington with a delay of 3 hours

Incident: ANZ A320 at Christchurch on Apr 19th 2012, rejected takeoff twice
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 20th 2012 18:29Z, last updated Friday, Apr 20th 2012 18:29Z
An Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200, registration ZK-OJS performing flight NZ-526 from Christchurch to Auckland (New Zealand) with 170 people on board, rejected takeoff from Christchurch at low speed due to an indication and returned to the apron. A short time later the aircraft attempted another takeoff but again had to reject takeoff at low speed and returned to the apron again.

Following examinations and a test run the aircraft was finally able to depart and reached Auckland with a delay of 4.5 hours.

The airline confirmed takeoff was rejected twice due to an indication problem. Maintenance performed a test run, the aircraft subsequently reached Auckland without further incident.
Incident: Onur A320 at Pori on Apr 20th 2012, could not retract gear due to hydraulic problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 20th 2012 20:16Z, last updated Friday, Apr 20th 2012 20:16Z
An Onur Air Airbus A320-200, registration TC-OBE performing flight 8Q-5130 from Pori (Finland) to Antalya (Turkey), could not fully retract the landing gear after departure from Pori. The crew levelled off at FL100 and diverted to Helsinki's Vantaa Airport (Finland) for a safe landing about one hour later. The aircraft stopped disabled on the runway and was towed to the apron.

Emergency services reported two of the three hydraulic systems were malfunctioning causing the problem.

The aircraft is still on the ground 8 hours later.

The flight was postponed several times and is currently estimated to depart Helsinki at 02:30L (00:30Z) Apr 21st.


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