Incidents & Accidents of the Week: 14/12 - 21/12

Updated: Dec 23, 2019

Qantas A330 Hydraulic Fluid Leak

On December 15th 2019, a Qantas Airbus A330-200 from Sydney to Perth was on the climb when the crew received an indication of a hydraulic leak and stopped the climb, deciding to return to Sydney for a safe landing. After landing and while being towed to the apron, smoke began to reduce visibility in the cabin and passengers began to complain about itchy throats and sore eyes. Passengers described a pungent odour developing on board before the aircraft was evacuated. Two passengers were taken to hospital with injuries received during the evacuation. Preliminary investigations pointed to the possibility of hydraulic fluid having entered the aircraft's air conditioning systems.

Turbulence on an American E190 Injures Flight Attendant

On December 18th 2019, an American Airlines Embraer ERJ-190 while performing a flight from New York La Guardia to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, was descending towards the final destination when the crew declared an emergency. The aircraft eventually continued for a safe landing. According to the FAA, the aircraft possibly experienced turbulence and a flight attendant's ankle was injured. The damage to the aircraft is unknown.

Jambojet Bird Strike

On December 20th 2019, a Jambojet DHC-8-400 performing a flight from Nairobi to Ukunda was approaching Ukunda Airport when the aircraft encountered a bird strike. The crew initiated a go-around just after the bird strike and decided to divert to Mombasa Airport, where the aircraft landed safely. The aircraft returned to service after a 6 hour grounding in Mombasa.

Photo by Jambojet.

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