Pilots unhappy with Dash jets

Discontent amongst Croatia Airlines pilots grows
Croatia Airlines pilots are speaking out against the carrier’s Bombardier Dash fleet claiming that the aircraft are unreliable. During the week a Croatia Airlines Dash 8 experienced a minor technical fault, the eighth since December 2011. Speaking to the Croatian press, unnamed pilots say that the aircraft often experience technical fault indications which result in emergency landings and delays. Last month a total of six aircraft of the same type were grounded due to an indication that the forward exit door is not properly closed. “The Dash constantly breaks down. Some aircraft have micro cracks on the fuselage and corrosion on instillations”, one pilot told the “Večernji list” daily, one of Croatia’s largest daily newspapers. Pilots also say that aircraft which are sent for unscheduled checks due to technical faults are noted by the airline as going in for regular maintenance, thus leading to false statistics. Technicians have also spoken out against the aircraft saying that regular annual maintenance for the type takes up to 25 days while maintenance for the larger Airbus jets take only a week.

Croatia Airlines introduced its first Dash 8 aircraft in May 2008. The airline operates a total of six jets from the Canadian manufacturer, which has a capacity to seat 76 passengers. The aircraft has been praised by the airline’s management several times as it burns less fuel and has lower operational costs. Currently, one of the six Croatia Airlines Dash jets is out of service (registered 9A-CQB).

There is growing discontent amongst Croatia Airlines pilots, which became public late last year after their minimum rest period times were cut. The pilots’ union is now requesting for the government to replace the entire management. They were further enraged after their proposed plan to revive the airline was laughed off by the management. The airline accuses the pilots of seeking attention ahead of their collective agreement negotiatons.


  1. Geronimo09:05

    Sas had these planes and they had a lot of problems with them....now they dont have a single one in their fleet....

  2. Anonymous13:28


    Malev has an emergency landing for gear and engine troubles every other month. It's just called 'Trash-8'.

  3. Anonymous14:06

    This is nonsense. The Dash is a great airplane.

  4. Anonymous14:36

    Exactly, jut because the Croats do not know how to use and service it it's another story. Look at Olympic and Lufthansa, not to mention Austrian Airlines.

  5. Anonymous15:05

    OT OU to fly twice weekly ZAD-FRA from April, more good news for ZAD

  6. Anonymous17:17

    Porter and flybe basic model is Q400

  7. Anonymous17:33

    Yeah, Lufthansa landed once without nose gear and AUA approached KRK with one engine this week because it is a great airplane...

  8. Anonymous17:41

    Porter had 19 incidents for gear problems, hydraulic and pressurization faults since 2008.
    It can be listed on avherald.

  9. Zrak20:39

    SAS had several malfunctions on q400 (mainly with landing gear) 2-3 years ago. Due to negative publicity from these events they decided to ground entire q400 fleet. All q400 were exchanged for crjs. SAS declined to comment on the reasons of malfunctions on q400 but as crj deal was very beneficial it was widely speculated that bombardier wanted to avoid further speculation and simply offered very good deal to SAS.

  10. Look at this :)
    Friday 13-th Dash jets
    On 13 (Friday) February 2009, Austrian Airlines Flight OS780, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 scheduled flight from Skopje to Vienna failed to retract landing gear after take-off and performed an emergency landing on Skopje Airport.[15][16][17]
    On 13 (Friday) February 2009, MALÉV Flight 440 a scheduled MALÉV flight Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 from Budapest to Skopje made an emergency landing at Skopje Airport. At 16:05 CET the pilot reported right engine failure on its final approach to Skopje LWSK. The pilot safely landed the airplane and there were no injuries reported among the 64 passengers in the aircraft

  11. Anonymous09:23

    So Jat should be happy with ATR?

  12. frequentflyer12:39

    Poor pilots.

    They must be desperate or naive: these planes are a hit with pax, fly successfully for an enormous range of airlines worldwide, and because they are money-making machines are keeping these very whingers employed. Some simple advice, gents: do not bite the hand that feeds you!

    As for OU and the Q400, an ironic gesture to the pilots would be to purchase another 2 planes to add to the fleet...

  13. Geronimo14:00

    Jat should stick to atr models, after a while they should replace them with newer ones..

  14. CQB is not out of service due to technicalmfault.
    Scheduled maintainance is being performed on it. (c check)


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