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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.701

Incident: Sichuan A319 near Chongqing on Apr 27th 2012, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 29th 2012 13:39Z, last updated Sunday, Apr 29th 2012 13:39Z
A Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319-100, flight 3U-8515 from Chongqing to Beijing (China), was climbing through about 6900 feet out of Chongqing when a bird impacted the right hand windshield causing the outer pane to crack. The crew stopped the climb and decided return to Chongqing. The aircraft entered a holding to burn off fuel and landed safely about one hour after departure.

A replacement aircraft reached Beijing with a delay of 3 hours

Incident: Air India A321 at Kozhikode on Apr 30th 2012, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 30th 2012 14:41Z, last updated Monday, Apr 30th 2012 14:41Z
An Air India Airbus A321-200, registration VT-PPV performing flight AI-937 from Kozhikode (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) with 148 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Kozhikode when the right hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird prompting the crew to return to Kozhikode, where the aircraft landed safely.

A post flight inspection revealed several bent fan blades on the right hand engine.

A replacement Airbus A321-200 registration VT-PPM reached Dubai with a delay of 4 hours.

Incident: Singapore A388 over Andaman Islands on Apr 26th 2012, navigation system problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Apr 26th 2012 15:16Z, last updated Monday, Apr 30th 2012 14:56Z
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9V-SKQ performing flight SQ-318 from Singapore (Singapore) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was enroute near the Andaman Islands about three hours into the flight when the crew decided to return to Singapore due to problems with the navigation systems and autopilot. The crew dumped fuel on their way back to Singapore. The aircraft landed safely back in Singapore about 6 hours after departure.

The flight is now estimated to depart Singapore with a delay of 11 hours.

Passengers reported the crew wasn't very clear in their announcements, they understood technical problems with the navigation systems that also knocked the autopilot off.

Passenger Lisa told The Aviation Herald, that she was listening to music and waiting for her meal to be served, when a loud bang was heard sounding like "like a thunder clap or a car backfiring" followed by immediate violent shaking of the aircraft spilling the drinks everywhere and banging the service carts into the seats. The shaking stopped after about 3-4 seconds and did not re-occur. Lisa, seated in the back of the cabin, had the impression the bang came from very close and her right hand side. There were no comments from any passenger regarding observations on the engines or the like. Some time later passengers at the window seats observed fuel dump had started. About 45 minutes after the bang the crew announced that some turbulence had knocked off their autopilot and they were returning to Singapore. The aircraft descended to about FL200 (editorial note: radar data showed the aircraft coming into radar range of Malaysia's Penang Airport, about 350nm northwest of Singapore, at FL210), the gear was lowered in order to burn off fuel on the way back to Singapore.

Incident: US Airways A319 near Tucson on Apr 30th 2012, smell of smoke in cockpit
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 1st 2012 13:43Z, last updated Tuesday, May 1st 2012 13:43Z
A US Airways Airbus A319-100, flight US-338 from Phoenix,AZ (USA) to San Jose Cabo (Mexico) with 54 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 60nm south of Tucson,AZ when the crew donned their oxygen masks, reported smell of smoke in the cockpit, turned around and diverted to Tucson for a safe landing on runway 11L about 20 minutes later.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled.
Accident: Onur A306 at Jeddah on May 1st 2012, landed without nose gear
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 1st 2012 18:39Z, last updated Wednesday, May 2nd 2012 18:02Z
An Onur Air Airbus A300-600 on behalf of Saudi Arabian Airlines, registration TC-OAG performing positioning flight SV-2865 from Madinah to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) with 10 crew, aborted the approach to Jeddah's runway 16L after the nose gear indicated unsafe. The aircraft subsequently needed to land on runway 16L without nose gear at about 12:55L (09:55Z), came to a stop short of the runway end and was evacuated via slides. No injuries occurred.

Post accident video (Video:

Incident: Air France A343 near Cork on May 2nd 2012, air data problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, May 3rd 2012 19:38Z, last updated Thursday, May 3rd 2012 19:38Z
An Air France Airbus A340-300, registration F-GLZJ performing flight AF-378 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Detroit,MI (USA), was enroute at FL340 about 70nm south of Cork (Ireland) when the transponder altitude began to show deviations just above limits for instrument flight, the crew subsequently reported air data problems and decided to dump fuel and return to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where the aircraft landed safely on runway 27L about 2 hours later.

Maintenance replaced the captain's angle of attack sensor and released the aircraft to depart again with a replacement crew.

The aircraft reached Detroit with a delay of 5 hours.
Incident: Airblue A319 near Karachi on May 4th 2012, cabin did not pressurize
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 4th 2012 12:54Z, last updated Friday, May 4th 2012 12:54Z
An Airblue Airbus A319-100, registration AP-BIF performing flight ED-602 from Karachi to Peshawar (Pakistan), was climbing out of Karachi when the crew decided to return to Karachi due to the cabin not properly pressurizing. The aircraft landed safely back on Karachi's runway 25L about 20 minutes after departure.

The aircraft was able to depart again after two hours on the ground and reached Peshawar with a delay of 2.5 hours.

Accident: Aerolineas Argentinas A343 near Quito on Apr 30th 2012, turbulence injures 9
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 1st 2012 14:22Z, last updated Friday, May 4th 2012 13:23Z
An Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-300, registration LV-CSD performing flight AR-1387 from Cancun (Mexico) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza,BA (Argentina) with 213 passengers, was enroute at FL370 east of Quito (Ecuador) around 16:30Z when the aircraft encountered turbulence resulting in several oxygen masks dropping and causing minor injuries to a number of passengers. The crew continued the flight to Buenos Aires where the aircraft landed safely on runway 11 about 5.5 hours later. 9 passengers were taken to hospitals with bruises and quickly released.

A passenger reported the aircraft was hit by two turbulence encounters causing the injuries. A doctor on board provided first aid.

Another passenger reported the aircraft experienced two large jolts causing passengers, who had not fastened their seat belts, to lift off and contact the cabin ceiling. The fasten seat belt signs were turned off at that time. The crew later announced they had encountered clear air turbulence not depicted by the weather radar.
Incident: US Airways A332 at London on May 4th 2012, could not retract gear
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 5th 2012 16:12Z, last updated Saturday, May 5th 2012 16:12Z
A US Airways Airbus A330-200, registration N284AY performing flight US-729 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Philadelphia,PA (USA), was climbing out of Heathrow's runway 09R when the crew could not retract the landing gear, levelled off at 6000 feet initially and entered a holding to burn off fuel at FL080. The aircraft landed safely back on runway 09L about 2 hours after departure.

The flight was subsequently cancelled.
Incident: Monarch A321 near Manchester on May 4th 2012, engine problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 5th 2012 17:36Z, last updated Saturday, May 5th 2012 17:36Z
A Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration G-OZBM performing flight ZB-581 from Faro (Portugal) to Manchester,EN (UK), was enroute at FL330 close to the top of descent into Manchester when the crew declared emergency reporting problems with the right hand engine (V2533). The aircraft landed safely on Manchester's runway 05R and vacated the runway stopping on the adjacent taxiway to have emergency services inspect the right hand engine.

The aircraft is still on the ground 24 hours later.

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