Incident: Aeroflot A332 near Tromso on Jul 5th 2012, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jul 6th 2012 13:13Z, last updated Friday, Jul 6th 2012 13:13Z
An Aeroflot Airbus A330-200, registration VQ-BBF performing flight SU-107 from Los Angeles,CA to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia), was enroute at FL370 about 140nm southeast of Tromso (Norway), about 460nm north of Helsinki (Finland), 530nm north of Stockholm (Sweden) and 560nm north of Oslo (Norway), when the crew reported engine (Trent 772) trouble and subsequently reported the engine had been shut down. The aircraft drifted down to FL250 and continued about 800nm to Moscow Sheremetyevo for a safe landing on runway 07L about 130 minutes later.
Incident: Lufthansa A388 and Aeroflot A320 at Frankfurt on Dec 13th 2011, loss of separation
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Feb 24th 2012 14:56Z, last updated Friday, Feb 24th 2012 14:56Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIMH performing flight LH-711 from Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was on final approach to Frankfurt's runway 25L.
An Aeroflot Airbus A320-200, registration VP-BWD performing flight SU-106 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia), was lined up on runway 25C waiting for takeoff clearance.
Germany's Bureau for Aviation Accident Investigation reported in their monthly bulletin, that the A380 was just about overflying the touch down zone of runway 25L when the A320 was cleared for takeoff on 25C. At that point the crew of the A380 initiated a go-around. 12 seconds after the A380 initiated the go-around the crew of the A320 began their takeoff roll.
The southern tower controller recognized and instructed the A380 to follow the standard missed approach procedure. 20 seconds later the center tower controller, who got aware of the go-around on the southern runway at that point, instructed the A320 to "... proceed on runway heading, proceed on runway heading three eighty from the southern runway has pulled up", the Aeroflot crew acknowledged.
Both aircraft climbed out on parallel tracks, the A320 behind and right of the A380, the separation reduced to 0.97nm laterally and 200 feet vertically about 45 seconds later, then southern tower instructed the A380 "turn left heading 180", while the center tower issued an almost simultaneous instruction to the A320 "...continue now in a left turn please".
Both aircraft were turning left now, 20 seconds after the instruction to the A320 to turn left the center controller corrected "... proceed on heading two seven zero, two seven zero please", the A320 crew acknowledged "... right heading two seven zero".
Subsequently the A380 was instructed to turn left onto a heading of 070, the flight trajectories of the two aircraft began to diverge.
The A380 landed safely on runway 25L 22 minutes after aborting their first approach, the A320 continued to Moscow for a safe landing.
The BFU reported the crew of the A380 went around due to a too early flare and a gust, which would not have ensured a touch down in the touch down zone.
Both tower controllers, the one occupying the southern position controlling runway 25L, the other on the center position controlling runway 25C, had begun duties 26 minutes prior to the occurrence and had taken over control at their places 4 minutes prior to the occurrence.
Weather services had issued a wind warning with southerly winds 20-25 knots gusting 35-40 knots for the time of the occurrence, the wind was anticipated to strengthen further during the day.
The BFU rated the occurrence a serious incident and initiated an investigation.