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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Airbus Updates No.837

Incident: TAM A320 over Brazil on Oct 25th 2012, losscomm, loss of radar contact and non-compliance with flight plan claimed
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 29th 2012 16:56Z, last updated Monday, Oct 29th 2012 16:56Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320-200, registration PR-MHM performing flight JJ-3665 from Aracaju,SE to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil), was climbing out of Aracaju when radio communication with the aircraft was lost. The aircraft continued towards Sao Paulo. Forca Aerea Brazil however, having lost radar contact with the aircraft, dispatched a fighter aircraft to accompany the A320 and restore radar contact. Radio communication was eventually restored after about one hour and the aircraft landed safely in Sao Paulo on schedule about 2 hours after departure.

Forca Aerea Brazil reported, that the aircraft lost radio and radar contact and did not follow their flight plan diverting from their assigned route, hence an abnormal scenario was declared and a fighter aircraft dispatched to intercept and accompany the A320 to provide a radar target instead of the A320.

The airline reported that radar contact was assured at all times, however parts of the flight were conducted without radio contact and in compliance with flight plan and clearances. Contact with ATC was eventually restored. The cause of the loss of communication is under investigation.

Incident: Emirates A388 at Jeddah on Oct 22nd 2012, burst multiple tyres on landing
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 15:04Z, last updated Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 15:04Z
An Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EDQ performing flight EK-805 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), burst a number of tyres on landing in Jeddah but came to a safe stop.

After the tyres were replaced the aircraft was able to depart Jeddah and reached Dubai on its return flight EK-806 with a delay of 10.5 hours.

Incident: PIA A313 at Lahore on Oct 29th 2012, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 17:50Z, last updated Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 17:50Z
A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A310-300, registration AP-BEU performing flight PK-302 from Karachi to Lahore (Pakistan), was on approach to Lahore when the right hand engine (CF6) ingested a bird. The aircraft continued for a safe landing in Lahore.

Following repairs the aircraft was able to depart for the return flight PK-303 at 23:00L and reached Karachi with a delay of 12 hours.
 
Incident: Aeroflot A320 near Krasnodar on Oct 29th 2012, burning smell in cabin
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 22:08Z, last updated Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 22:08Z
An Aeroflot Airbus A320-200, registration VP-BKY performing flight SU-1102 from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Krasnodar (Russia) with 110 passengers and 7 crew, was descending towards Krasnodar when the cabin crew detected a burning smell in the cabin prompting the flight crew to declare emergency. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Krasnodar's runway 23L.

Rosaviatsia reported the cause of the burning smell is under investigation.

The aircraft was able to resume service after 26 hours on the ground in Krasnodar.
 
Incident: Fedex A312 at Omaha on Oct 30th 2012, unsafe gear after departure
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 22:58Z, last updated Tuesday, Oct 30th 2012 22:58Z
A Fedex Airbus A310-200 freighter, registration N403FE performing freight flight FX-461 from Omaha,NE to Memphis,TN (USA), was climbing out of Omaha's runway 18 when following gear retraction the crew received an unsafe indication for the gear and stopped the climb at 10,000 feet. The aircraft subsequently returned to Omaha for a safe landing on runway 18 and stopped on the runway. The aircraft was towed off the runway.
 
Incident: Dragonair A333 near Xiamen on Oct 30th 2012, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Oct 31st 2012 15:08Z, last updated Wednesday, Oct 31st 2012 15:08Z
A Dragonair Airbus A330-300, flight KA-859 from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hong Kong (China), was enroute near Xiamen (China) when the crew needed to shut the right hand engine down and decided to divert to Xiamen for a safe landing.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto flight KA-605 from Xiamen to Hong Kong and reached their destination with a delay of 5.5 hours.
 
Incident: Delta A320 at New York on Oct 27th 2012, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Oct 31st 2012 17:50Z, last updated Wednesday, Oct 31st 2012 17:50Z
A Delta Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N322US performing flight DL-2196 from Minneapolis,MN to New York La Guardia,NY (USA), was on final approach to La Guardia's runway 13 when a bird impacted the left hand engine (CFM56). The aircraft continued for a safe landing on the runway and taxied to the apron using routine communication.

The FAA reported the #1 engine's cowl received minor damage due to the bird strike.
 
 


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