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Archive for June 13th, 2009

5 Airbus, 1 Boeing Emergency Landings in 2 Days

Posted by feww on June 13, 2009

Six Passenger Jets have been Forced to Emergency Landing in 48 Hours

On June 2, 2009 the blog Co-Moderator MSRB wrote:

The Moderators have been expecting another Air New Zealand Airbus A320 to plunge into the sea (again), based on the airline’s safety statistics, but Air France beat the kiwis to it!

The probability remains that the next major air disaster would occur as a result of an Air New Zealand Airbus crashing into the sea [with a certainty of 0.74] —Airbus Must Come Clean

We have since learned about the following emergency landings involving Airbus jets:

Incident # 1.

Airbus jet makes emergency landing in Spain
Reported: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:09am EDT

MADRID (Reuters) – An Airbus passenger plane run by Spanish tour group Iberworld was forced to make an emergency landing in the Canary Islands on Wednesday, airport operator AENA said.

The A320 airliner, en route from Gran Canaria island to Oslo, returned to the airport 10 minutes after take off due to engine problems, an AENA spokeswoman said.

No passengers were harmed and emergency procedures were followed without the need for the emergency services, AENA said. (Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Translation by Paul Day)

Incident # 2.

Mid-air fire in American Airlines Boeing 767 plane’s bathroom

Agence France-Presse
June 10, 2009 03:00pm

An American Airlines jet airliner with 210 people onboard was forced to land in eastern Canada when an electrical fire broke out in the bathroom, airport authorities reported.

There were no injuries and the passengers and crew are safe, said a spokesman Peter Spurway of Halifax airport. American Airlines Flight 64 was flying from New York to Zurich when the fire broke out.

”We received an advisory at about 7:48 pm Halifax Time,” Mr Spurway said.

The aircraft landed “without incident”, Mr Spurway said, and the passengers ”were evacuated to the ground by a set of air stairs”.

The emergency was caused by “fire in a fan motor in a mid cabin washroom”, he said.

Paramedics treated one person on the scene, but the patient did not need to be hospitalized, Spurway said.,23483,25615521-5014090,00.html

Incident # 3.

Airbus makes emergency stop
Reported: June 10, 2009

MOSCOW – AN AIRBUS 340-300 jet heading for Beijing with 155 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday at a Moscow airport, Ris-Novosti reported.

The Air China jet, travelling from Milan, had suffered failure in one of its engines, said a spokeswoman for Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, quoted by the news agency.

‘The landing, at 9.07pm (1707 GMT, 12am Singapore time), went well,’ she said, adding that 85 of those on board would continue their journey to China later on Tuesday on an Aeroflot flight, with the remainder travelling on Wednesday. — AFP

Incident # 4.

Russian Airbus makes emergency landing
Reported: June 11, 2009 at 1:47 AM

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia, June 11 (UPI) — A cracked windshield
Thursday prompted the pilot of an Aeroflot Airbus to make an emergency landing in Novosibirsk, Russia, an official said.

A western Siberia transportation agency spokeswoman said there were no injuries reported among the 116 passengers and six crew members, RIA Novosti reported.

The Airbus 320 was en route from Irkutsk to Moscow when the incident occurred, the Russian news agency said. The cause of the windshield crack was being investigated.

Incident # 5.

Cockpit Fire Forces Airbus A330 to Land

A Jetstar Airbus A330-200  with 203 people on board was forced into an emergency landing after a fire broke out in the cockpit.

The Jetstar Airbus A330-200, a similar model to the Air France Airbus flight 447 that crashed last week, was flying from Osaka, Japan to Australia when the cockpit caught fire.

The pilots put out the fire which broke out about four hours into the flight from Osaka to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, before landing the plane in Guam, Jetstar was reported as saying, adding that all on board were unharmed.

“Smoke became evident in the cockpit and one of our pilots was required to use an extinguisher,” a Jetstar spokesman told Australia’s ABC News.

“We conducted an emergency diversion to Guam international airport where the aircraft landed without incident.”

He said the plane, which is two years old, would be held in Guam until the cause of the fire was established.

Flight JQ 20 left Kansai International Airport (OSAKA) about 21:00 Wednesday  bound for Perth with  186 adult passengers, four babies and a crew of 13 including 4 pilots. Most of the passengers were Japanese nationals, a report said.

Jetstar is a budget airline based in Australia and Singapore, and is part-owned by Australia’s national carrier, Qantas.

Incident # 6.

Emergency landing at Shannon
Last Updated: Friday, June 12, 2009, 16:54

An aircraft carrying 285 passengers made an emergency landing at Shannon airport this afternoon after what was reported to be a minor technical issue on board.

The Northwest Airlines Airbus A330 landed at about 1.20pm, a spokeswoman for Shannon airport said.

Emergency services at the airport were deployed in line with normal procedure, but the aircraft landed normally and all passengers disembarked safely.

Northwest Airlines said in a statement that flight 821 had diverted for “precautionary reasons due to a smoky odour in the forward galley”.

The aircraft landed normally and passengers deplaned into the terminal at the gate, the statement added.

“The aircraft is currently being reviewed by the local maintenance team. Northwest apologises to customers for the inconvenience caused. The safety and security of our passengers and crew is our number one priority.”

Shannon airport said the aircraft had been inspected and that it was due to continue its journey this evening.

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