Vueling A320 near La Coruna on Sep 1st 2012, knife found in cabin

Last Update: September 2, 2012 / 13:41:33 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 1, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Vueling

Flight number
VY-8374

Aircraft Registration
EC-HTD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A Vueling Airbus A320-200, registration EC-HTD performing flight VY-8374 from La Coruna,SP (Spain) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was climbing out of La Coruna when the crew stopped the climb at about FL280 following a report by cabin crew, that a knife had fallen out of a passenger's backpack. The captain decided to return to La Coruna for a safe landing on runway 21 about 40 minutes after departure.

The aircraft was able to depart again after about 100 minutes on the ground and reached Amsterdam with a delay of 2.5 hours.

Passengers reported that a father travelling with his little son was manipulating his backpack, when a knife wrapped in a newspaper fell out of the backpack. The flight attendant observed the knife falling and informed the flight deck, the commander decided to return to La Coruna to have the incident checked.

Aena, Spain's airport operator, reported that the man carrying the knife did not represent any danger, was neither aggressive nor violent, and was permitted to continue the flight. Aena is investigating the occurrence and how it was possible that the knife went past security control, the ultimate responsibility of Aena even though outsourced to an external security company. A first reconstruction of the event showed that the knife was difficult to detect due to the type of backpack despite all various filters available on the monitoring equipment.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 1, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Vueling

Flight number
VY-8374

Aircraft Registration
EC-HTD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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