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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Airbus Updates No.827

Incident: TACA A321 at San Jose on Oct 18th 2012, pirouette on runway after tyres burst on landing
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Oct 19th 2012 00:42Z, last updated Friday, Oct 19th 2012 00:59Z
A TACA Airbus A321-200, registration N566TA performing flight LR-621/TA-7621 from San Salvador (El Salvador) to San Jose (Costa Rica) with 146 passengers and 7 crew, landed on Juan Santamaria International Airport's runway 07 at 15:56L (21:56Z) when a number of tyres burst and the aircraft skidded doing a near 90 degrees turn to the right. The aircraft came to a stop on the piano keys short of the runway end almost perpendicular to the runway. No injuries occurred, the aircraft needs three tyres replaced. 

The runway is estimated closed for about 3 hours until tyres are replaced and the aircraft has been towed off the runway.
Incident: Jetblue A320 near Tampa on Oct 18th 2012, loss of cabin pressure
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 14:05Z, last updated Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 14:05Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N595JB performing flight B6-134 from Fort Myers,FL to New York JFK,NY (USA), was climbing through FL280 out of Fort Myers when the crew initiated an emergency descent to 10,000 feet and diverted to Tampa,FL for a safe landing about 20 minutes later.

The FAA confirmed the aircraft landed safely after a loss of cabin pressure.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration N615JB reached New York with a delay of 3.5 hours.
Incident: Lufthansa A321 at London on Oct 21st 2012, fumes in cabin
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 15:35Z, last updated Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 15:36Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A321-100, registration D-AIRX performing flight LH-900 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was in a hold waiting for arrival at Heathrow Airport when the flight crew donned their oxygen masks and declared PAN reporting fumes in the cabin near the forward galley. The aircraft was vectored for an immediate approach to Heathrow's runway 09L and landed safely. All crew, including flight and cabin crew, were taken to a hospital.

The AAIB is investigating.

The airline confirmed the crew requested a priority landing in Heathrow due to an indefinable odour in the cabin and landed safely about 20 minutes later. All cabin and flight crew were medically examined, the examinations were without findings. No passenger reported feeling unwell. The cause of the fumes is unclear. 
Incident: Air Berlin A320 at Zweibrucken on Oct 20th 2012, near collision with ultralight
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 15:44Z, last updated Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 15:47Z
An Air Berlin Airbus A320-200, registration D-ALTF performing flight AB-3509 from Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) to Zweibrucken (Germany), was on approach to Zweibrucken's runway 21 intercepting the localizer at 4000 feet, when the crew needed to execute an steep avoidance maneouver descending the aircraft due to an ultralight aircraft at the same altitude and position. The crew subsequently reported during the rapid descent the ultralight aircraft, that had been moving slowly southbound, passed about 100 feet above the A320. The A320 crew continued for a safe landing.

The return flight AB-3508 departed with a delay of 25 minutes.

Germany's BFU is investigating the near collision.

A listener on frequency reported that ATC reported a primary radar target, altitude unknown, moving slowly southbound ahead of the A320. A short time later the crew reported they nosedived their aircraft to avoid an ultralight aircraft coming right out of the sun at the same altitude in exactly their flight path. The ultralight went out of sight about 100 feet above the A320, it was only the traffic information by ATC which enabled the crew to avoid a collision.
Incident: Emirates A388 at Tokyo on Oct 21st 2012, asymmetric flaps
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 22:19Z, last updated Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 22:21Z
An Emirates Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EDC performing flight EK-319 from Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), was in the initial climb out of Narita Airport's runway 34L when the crew could not retract the flaps with the flaps becoming asymmetric and disabled. The crew levelled off at 7000 feet, dumped fuel and returned to Narita Airport. A first approach to runway 34L was aborted at low height (about 400 feet AGL) due to changing winds, the aircraft positioned for another approached and landed safely on runway 16R at a higher than normal speed about 70 minutes after departure, vacated the runway and taxied to the apron, where as result of overheated brakes 11 tyres deflated.

The flight was cancelled.

The aircraft is still on the ground in Tokyo about 32 hours after landing.
Incident: Emirates A332 at Lusaka on Oct 21st 2012, uncontained engine failure
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 22nd 2012 12:36Z, last updated Tuesday, Oct 23rd 2012 16:03Z
An Emirates Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration A6-EAP performing flight EK-714 from Lusaka (Zambia) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), was enroute about 30 minutes into the flight when the left hand engine (Trent 772) emitted a loud bang prompting the crew to shut the engine down and return to Lusaka for a safe landing. Passengers disembarked normally.

The airline confirmed the aircraft returned to Lusaka due to a technical problem, the passengers were taken to hotels.

Sources at the airport said the aircraft burst a tyre on departure prompting the crew to return.

Passengers reported they heard a loud bang on initial climb attributing the bang to one of the engines. 

A passenger added that they were enroute at FL320 about 33 minutes into the flight when the left hand engine emitted a loud bang, some smoke and fumes appeared temporarily in the cabin, sparks were visible from the left hand engine, the cowling of which sustained two large holes inboard. Upon disembarking the passenger saw two large holes at the outboard cowling of the left hand engine as well. Ground personnel at Lusaka hinted that a new engine was to be flown into Lusaka. The passenger said, flight and cabin crew were excellent.

Another passenger said the engine blades tore into the outer skin.

Zambian newspapers had reported a crash landing at Lusaka claiming the aircraft had burst a tyre, gone off the runway and received substantial damage, but later retracted such stories now stating the aircraft was seen parked at the apron in Lusaka on Monday.

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