Friday, February 23, 2018

Croatia Dash 8 in emergency landing

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A Croatia Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft (registered 9A-CQF) operating from Zagreb to the Belgian capital yesterday afternoon suffered landing gear problems on approach at Brussels Airport. Upon approaching the runway, the gear was unable to properly lock and the pilots decided to make a go-around, entering a holding pattern above Antwerp. Following several holding patterns, the aircraft headed back towards Brussels Airport and landed after pilots performed an alternative pull-out procedure. Passengers were told to adopt the brace position and the aircraft was unable to taxi to its parking position upon landing. “Shortly before landing at Brussels Airport we made a go-around, we were being told that the landing gear didn’t safely lock and eventually the pilots told us that they were going to land at Brussels. The flight attendant was quite upset and told us to adopt the brace position for landing. After landing, the aircraft was unable to taxi, so we waited another 45 minutes inside the aircraft”, a passenger said. In a statement, Croatia Airlines noted, “There was a landing gear issue on the Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. In accordance with operating measures, the pilots used an alternative pull-out procedure which was successfully performed. All 58 passengers safely landed at Brussels Airport. The safety of the passengers and crew wasn’t at any time in danger since the crew strictly adhered to to operational procedures”.

The subsequent return flight to Zagreb was cancelled with passengers provided alternative transport. In 2013, a Croatia Airlines Dash 8 landed in Zurich without its nose gear. The turboprop aircraft has had a history of landing gear issues, forcing its Canadian manufacturer to temporarily ground all Dash 8s with over 10.000 flights in October of last year. Last month, a LOT Polish Airlines flights from Krakow to Warsaw landed without its nose gear after it was unable to properly lock.

22 comments:

  1. Kada pogledaš tko je sve ostao raditi u tehnici,i tko su šefovi čudim se da su svi avioni na broju.

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  2. alternative pull-out procedure which was successfully performed
    Lol

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  3. About time they replaced these dinosaurs

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    1. Dashes are not old at all.

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    2. Age means almost nothing if the craft is properly maintained. The main reason for replacing aircraft is marketing, people like to fly flashy new nameplates. Then comes the fuel efficiency (though engine overhaul helps a lot with making oldies fuel efficient). Risk of operational failure is rarely a reason for replacement. If such risks are high, the airline needs to change its MRO provider, not the fleet.

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    3. So Croatia Q400 fleet with average 8,7 years old are dinosaurs?

      Comparing to Air Serbia ATR 72-200 fleet with 28,1 years old average and 737-300 fleet with 32,0 years average they are little kids!

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    4. What does Air Serbia have to do with this? Ljupco is from Slovenia btw. Your obsession to divert everything negative to Croatia Airlines and somehow compare it to Air Serbia is hilarious.

      I will let you know Air Serbia's ATR never landed without its landing gear ditracted at an airport almost killing all passengers on board. It says a lot about Croatia Airlines maintenance.

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    5. Mind you this is the second time this is happening to OU in like a year. Their safety standard is really going downhill.

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  4. ... now everyone sees why we were sad SN Brussels left ZAG!

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    1. Lol cause something like this cannot happen with SN or any other airline

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    2. Well, SN never had a similar problem and on top of that they don't operate any Q400s.

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    3. Didn't AF lose their whole engine above the ocean? And many other examples with other European legacy carriers. So problems occur with all planes and with all carriers.

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    4. Why did SN puled out from Zagreb?
      I am surprised Croatia is operating Brussels flights with Dash - how come there is no demand for bigger aircraft?

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    5. You just don't get it. The issue is that Dash has problems with nosegear. Last time OU plane nearly crashed landing without front gear. Now again. Last month LOT Dash also landed without nosegear. After third nosegear incident SAS is phasing out all Dash planes. There is obviously a design flaw.

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    6. SN used to wet lease Dash 8 400s!

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    7. Yes for a while until their own aircraft arrived

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    8. SN still fly BRU-ZAG route but seasonally.

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  5. Dash je izrazito neudoban avion, koji ima i problema sa bukom (problem sa active noise reductionom) i let u njemu je poprilično stresan za putnika.

    S druge strane, za kompaniju, nov zrakoplov je podosta jeftin, prima fini broj putnika, brzo leti i nije osjetljiv na neke uvjete kao veći jetovi.

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  6. Lots of similar issues with this plane:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash_8_landing_gear_incidents

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  7. Air Canada Express has over 44 of them in their fleet flying all over Canada and parts of US for the last 6-7yrs.

    They had one major accident ....so maybe there is part to blame lack of experienced engineers?

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    1. Could be, most experienced mechanics fled the company. I wouldn't be surprised if more accidents happen.

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  8. Nothing new to me, had several bad experience with Croatia Airlines and the Pula airport staff. Since then I avoid and rather choose Eurowings.

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