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HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:26 pm

Phuket International is currently closed due to an incident where an AB A330 had an engine fire shortly after take off, and performed an emergency landing, apparently landed at or close to the MLW, since a lot ( or all ? ) tyres were blown upon landing.

Airport will remain closed until Dec. 21 05:00 LT ( Dec 20, 22:00 Zulu Time ).


http://www.avherald.com/h?article=45ad3851&opt=0

Any additional info or pictures are welcome !!

Rgds.

G.

[Edited 2012-12-20 11:27:43]

[Edited 2012-12-20 11:53:38]
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:13 am

Good that everyone is fine.

DJ newswire says, however, that ONE tyre blew (not all) and that the fire on one engine was not confirmed yet, and that the incident occured an hour after take off (not immediately after)...
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:31 am

Emirates, Korean and Asiana flights were diverted to BKK last night.

Not to mention 2 THAI flights 1 744 to BKK and 1 330 to ICN with full pax onboard couldn't depart due runway closure.
Also last TG/PG flights from BKK was canceled.

Night time seem to be the peak period for HKT due to almost 10 Chinese flights and no parking space.

Now it will be even worse cause AB 330 will take one parking space. And this is high travel season!!
Phuket airport needs to get done with the expansion!!
Let's just blame it on yields.
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:53 pm

Looks like EY resourcefully diverted its 77W scheduled for VTBS-OMAA to pick up the strandees.
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:17 pm

Quoting covert (Reply 3):
Looks like EY resourcefully diverted its 77W scheduled for VTBS-OMAA to pick up the strandees.

Can you please elaborate?
Let's just blame it on yields.
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:25 pm

Quoting nethkt (Reply 4):
Quoting covert (Reply 3):
Looks like EY resourcefully diverted its 77W scheduled for VTBS-OMAA to pick up the strandees.

Can you please elaborate?

Etihad Flight number 403 was supposed to fly direct from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi but they re-routed and added a stop at Phuket to pick up the passengers from this Air Berlin flight.
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:53 pm

Impressive of EY to stop by and pick up passengers. Obviously there must have been room for them...
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:22 pm

Is this the first engine failure of this type for A330? I will be flying in one day after tomorrow. Do not like these news rights before a flight.
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:56 pm

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 7):
Is this the first engine failure of this type for A330?

I'm sure there have been many engine failures in the 20 years that the A330 has been flying. As there have been for the 777. Not sure what you're getting at.
 
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:41 pm

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 7):

Is this the first engine failure of this type for A330? I will be flying in one day after tomorrow. Do not like these news rights before a flight.

It's always hard to get the facts from news stories. It looks like the pilots earned their pay that day, but the A330 is designed to fly on one engine and it did so safely. The A330 is no more dangerous than any of the other major planes in the sky these days, so changing your flight to a different plane won't make you any safer than staying with the original one you booked. There is always a level of danger in flying, but the trip to the airport is more dangerous than the flight itself.
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:51 pm

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 7):
Is this the first engine failure of this type for A330? I will be flying in one day after tomorrow. Do not like these news rights before a flight.

While not the first, it isn't necesarily a common problem. In order to maintain ETOPS operations, the airline has to have less than a threshold number of engine shutdowns in a year long period. The requirement is that an airline has less than 1 shutdown in 50,000 flight hours. Most airlines with strong maintenance programs have rates less than half of that.

On average, any given airplane (not airplane type, but serial number xxx delivered yyy) will have about 1 engine shutdown during its lifetime.
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:52 pm

Yup yup, I get it! Thanks for responding.
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:59 pm

So presuming its normal ops in HKT at the moment?
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:30 pm

Quoting andrewtang (Reply 5):
Quoting nethkt (Reply 4):
Quoting covert (Reply 3):
Looks like EY resourcefully diverted its 77W scheduled for VTBS-OMAA to pick up the strandees.

Can you please elaborate?

Etihad Flight number 403 was supposed to fly direct from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi but they re-routed and added a stop at Phuket to pick up the passengers from this Air Berlin flight.

Sorry for asking but if the airport was closed with several diversions how did EY manage to land HKT...?

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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:19 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 14):
Sorry for asking but if the airport was closed with several diversions how did EY manage to land HKT...?


Nah, the AB incident occurred on the 20th Dec at late night and EY only flew into HKT the next morning when the runway was re-opened.
 
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RE: HKT Closed Due To Air Berlin A330 Incident

Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:18 am

Quoting andrewtang (Reply 15):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 14):
Sorry for asking but if the airport was closed with several diversions how did EY manage to land HKT...?


Nah, the AB incident occurred on the 20th Dec at late night and EY only flew into HKT the next morning when the runway was re-opened.

Cheers, that certainly clears it up... Thought EY was given special priority while others had to divert...

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