No injuries when engine housing falls off plane leaving O’Hare

A Spirit Airlines plane had to return to O’Hare International Airport soon after takeoff when part of the housing for one of its engines fell off, officials said. No one was injured when the cowling for the right engine on Flight 409, headed for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., became detached and the flight crew had to…

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Cowl doors missing from both engines on BA A319

K investigators have opened an inquiry into the British Airways Airbus A319 incident at London Heathrow which resulted in substantial damage to both engines. Images show that the fan cowl doors on both engines have been torn away, with clear discolouration on the rear of the starboard International Aero Engines V2500 powerplant. The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it has started…

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uncorrected read-back error causes serious runway incursion incident at Zweibrücken Airport

German Wings flight 8045 operated on regular domestic service from Zweibrücken Airport (ZQW), Gemany to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF). With 132 passengers and five crew on board the Airbus A319 (D-AKNN) taxied to runway 03 for departure. This involved back tracking on the runway and turning for a departure from runway 03. While the Airbus was taxiing down…

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Serious incident: A319 crew impaired by smell during final approach, cause unknown

The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) failed to find the source of a smell that impaired the pilots of an Airbus A319 during their approach to Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany in December 2010. The incident flight departed Vienna, Austria on 19 December 2010 with a delay of about four hours as a result…

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Airbus delivers first ROPS-equipped A319 to American Airlines

Airbus delivered its first Airbus A320 family aircraft equipped with Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) to American Airlines. FAA recently certified the ROPS technology. According to Airbus, the onboard cockpit technology “increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and, if necessary, provides active protection.” The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified ROPS on…

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